Sermon: God Brings His Passover Lamb (Luke 22:7-13)

God Brings His Passover Lamb

Luke 22:7-13

Introduction

Everything is beginning to take shape very quickly.  Satan is now guiding the traitor Judas.  The religious leaders are also puppets in evil hands.  Judas and the religious leaders had made a bargain and agreed on 30 pieces of silver.  Judas was selling out King Jesus for a few months’ wages.  The religious leaders were plotting murder and the price seemed all right to them.  Everyone was in complete agreement and everyone that day was glad.  Jesus was being betrayed by one of His inner circle of followers.

In our text today, there are a few thing I want you to notice with me: First, is the timing of these events.  Everyone is looking to arrest Jesus.  All the religious leaders agree that His teaching in the Temple must stop.  How will silence Jesus?  They can’t arrest Him during the day because the people surround him.  If it’s going to take place, it needs to happen at a time and place that Jesus is either alone or where very few people are around.  Judas’ mission is to seek out a time and alert the leaders so they can move and it must be done in secrecy.  Evil is scrambling to accomplish Christ’ arrest.

Also notice, Jesus has never been more deliberate and on schedule.  He’s not scrambling, He’s not in a frenzy trying to work out anything.  He’s calm, cool, and collected.  Notice how everything is being accomplished, as Jesus desires.

Primary Claim

Jesus is God’s Passover Lamb whose blood removes all traces of sin.

Human Condition

We have a great need to understand without a shred of doubt that God directed every moment of the death of Christ.  We need to see that it was all planned.  The most wicked event in history was decreed by God and carried out by evil men. 

Luke 22:7-13

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” 10 He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters 11 and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” 13 And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. [1]

1.  The True Passover Lamb (Luke 22:7)

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.

We must understand today that not only was Jesus decreed by God to be crucified for our sins before the world began as we learned last week, but this would be on a very specific time schedule.  In order for Jesus to be God’s Passover Lamb, He had to be killed on Passover.  From the time of Exodus on this was on the Hebrew calendar 14th of Nisan.

In the Book of Exodus chapter 12 we have recorded the account of the Passover.   To understand Luke more completely, we must look to Exodus 12 for the richness of the first Passover and then look to Luke’s account for the last Passover.

Turn to Exodus 12…

As we look down through the passage we notice a few amazing things.

First, the Passover changed Israel’s calendar.  The Month of Nisan began and God told His people that this month would from now on be the first month of the Jewish calendar.

On 10 Nisan- the Passover Lamb was to be singled out and marked for slaughter.  No doubt, Jesus was singled out by the religious leaders days before His arrest and murder.  One thing that made this even bitterer was that this lamb was often brought into the home and for four days the lamb was fed and cared for.  I’m sure children became somewhat attached to it as a pet almost.  Then it was slain by the father of the household.  The blood of the lamb was painted onto the doorframe.  The death angel would see the blood and Passover those houses.

Jesus was known as the Passover Lamb by God, even before the world began…

1 Peter 18

18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world[2]   

John the Baptist points out Jesus to the world with his famous declaration…

John 1:29

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! [3]

What we must see here is that Jesus was God’s Passover Lamb.  God brought a lamb to be sacrificed.  When Jesus died, the death angel would forever Passover God’s people.  Jesus’ blood frees us from sin and death.

Exodus 12:5

Your lamb shall be without blemish

We know that the Bible declares that Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God was completely sinless and perfect and without any blemish whatsoever.

Notice now, how Jesus, Himself puts things in motion.  He sends out two of His most trust disciples Peter and John to get everything prepared for the true Passover…

2.  Preparations for the True Passover Meal (Luke 22:8-13)

A. The Context

So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?”

If you remember from last week, Judas had betrayed Jesus secretly.  He went to the meeting of the religious leaders, which was held behind closed doors at night.  He sold out Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.  The deal was that Judas would either find a time when Jesus was pretty much alone and send word to the religious leaders so they could have Him arrested or he would actually set something up and purposely get Jesus alone and then send word.  If you remember this all had to do with the fact that it was Passover time and the City of Jerusalem was flooded with people and the Jewish leaders were afraid of a riot.

It seems as if they wanted to wait until after Passover and after everyone went home.  But remember Jesus was God’s Passover Lamb and He had to die on Passover.

Jesus could have said, go to John Smith’s house at 200 south Jerusalem Street and get things ready for the Passover meal.  However, if He said that then Judas would know exactly where they would be in a little while and this would be his perfect chance to have Jesus arrested.  So, our Lord doesn’t do it that way.

So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.

That’s the task assigned to Peter and John.  Go and get things ready.  Go on ahead and prepare everything and then we’ll follow later and meet you there.

Their question is a natural one, one all of us would also ask…

They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?”

First, they ask because Jerusalem is flooded with people.  There’s no place to even get a room in the city, that’s why they sleep outside the city at the Mount of Olives.  Their question comes out of surprise because as far as they’re concerned, there are no rooms.

Second, their question stems from not knowing where.  Jesus, where are we to go and prepare the supper?

But rather than Jesus giving them specifics which Judas could relay to those seeking to arrest Jesus, notice how Jesus answers their question.

B. Our Lord’s Sovereign Secret

10 He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters 11 and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there

Jesus had to remain secretive about where they were to go and celebrate the Passover meal.  He still had much to teach His beloved disciples.  The teaching known as the Upper Room Discourse is extremely significant for His disciples and for us.  How does Jesus pull it off?

He knew that this would be the optimum time for Judas to do what he was about to do.  Jesus knew that even with 2 million people in Jerusalem, during this time, the time of sharing the Passover meal, the streets would be practically empty.  Judas could do his dirty work very easily if he knew where they were going to be.   He didn’t know.  No one knew except Peter and John.  Jesus has just guaranteed that the upper room discourse and the Last Supper would indeed take place.

The Lord has a secret plan because there are things He has to accomplish. He will only be betrayed and arrested on His schedule. That’s not going to happen until very late Tuesday night, very late. When He finally finishes everything at the last supper, goes to the Mount of Olives, there He will be arrested and He will be executed that same day before the sun sets. Only in that little window can He be arrested, tried and executed. Not before, so that He will die…He will die on Passover exactly at the right time.

Jesus knew…He knew about Judas’ traitorous intentions.  He knew exactly what the Jewish leaders were up to.  He also knew exactly where He would celebrate the Passover with His disciples on the same day He Himself would be killed also, as the Passover Lamb.

All this took place Passover Eve or Tuesday 13 Nisan at in the early evening which is actually Nisan 14.  We must remember that the Jewish day begins at twilight or at about 6:00pm.  Passover started at 6:00PM and then later that evening Jesus was arrested and all through the nigh he was questioned until the wee hours of the morning then at daylight Pilate washed his hands of the whole thing because the screaming crowd cried out for Barabbas.  Jesus was then scourged and crucified before noon on Wednesday, still Nisan 14 or Passover until 6:00PM.

We’ll stop there for now.  But Scripture indicates that Jesus died on a Wednesday not Friday as tradition says.

I believe in the next few weeks and months, this will become more and more clear and more glorious.

            C. The Disciple’s Amazing Discovery

 13 And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

Luke reports that in the midst of scheming and deception and betrayal, Jesus is sovereign.  He knows exactly God’s plan.  He knows and is willing to submit Himself in all things to the Father.

The disciples enter the City of Jerusalem and as they begin to walk into the city, there was a man carrying water.  Normally, men didn’t carry water women did.  Jesus knew.  They approached the man and followed him, he was entering a certain house.  They found the master of the house and Peter and John said, the Teacher  says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?  The master of the house led them up the stairs to an upper room that was completely furnished with a table and everything they needed for the Passover meal.

Peter and John walked back down the stairs with their mouths opened…

They found everything exactly as Jesus said.

One of our greatest needs is to trust that everything will work out, just like Jesus said.  If you are a follower of Christ today, understand His Words will come to pass just like He said.  He will care for you just like He said.  He will return, just like He said.  We will be with Him for eternity, just like He said.

Jesus is our Passover Lamb.  The Death Angel will eternally Passover us because our Passover Lamb is the eternal Son of God.

1 Corinthians 5:7

Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. [4]

Because of the one time sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God there will be no more Passovers.  Jesus is the last one.

Has the blood of Christ been applied to you?  Are you free from the penalty of sin?

Primary claim refocused

Jesus is God’s Passover Lamb whose blood removes all traces of sin.

I pray we trust not in our goodness.  Just as the Hebrews in Egypt had to depend on the blood of the Lamb for protection so we also trust in the blood of Jesus, God’s Lamb.  Everyone who is not trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary remains in their sin.  In Egypt all who did not have the blood painted on their doors suffered the loss of the firstborn…Egyptians and Hebrews alike.  It didn’t matter if you were rich or poor…even King Pharaoh lost his dear son as the angel slaughtered all without the blood.

Are you covered by the blood of God’s Passover Lamb?


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Lk 22:7–13). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (1 Pe 1:18–20). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Jn 1:29). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[4] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (1 Co 5:7). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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