Wednesday March 2- The night in which he was betrayed…
Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.
When it was evening, Jesus came with the Twelve. As they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, ‘I’m telling you the truth: one of you is going to betray me – one of you that’s eating with me.’ They began to be very upset, and to say to one another, ‘It isn’t me, is it?’ ‘It’s one of the Twelve,’ said Jesus, ‘one who has dipped his bread in the dish with me. Yes: the son of man is completing his journey, as scripture said he would; but it’s bad news for the man who betrays him! It would have been better for that man never to have been born.’
Right at the beginning of the Passover celebration, Jesus doesn’t feel much like celebrating. Neither does Judas.
Why did Judas go to the chief priests? What is his plan? Well, we know Judas sees the spiritual power of Jesus. He knows Jesus is the real deal.
But we also know Judas has a strong attachment to the Temple tradition and following the man-made rules of faith. So, perhaps he goes to the chief priests thinking he can work out a compromise and have both. Spiritual power and man-made faith traditions. After all, it appears Judas never intended Jesus to be put to death (Matthew 27:3-4).
Trouble is there is no compromise.
Jesus himself forces us to make a decision between following man-made rules of religion or living by the power of the Holy Spirit. We become challenged by this. Examples?
“True worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24) The sign of true worship is Spirit and truth, not man-made styles of worship and hymn books, and not man-made buildings.
In the way we live.
“Take up my cross and follow me,” not, “Practice your faith when it is convenient and comfortable.”
In the way we treat other people.
“The greatest of you is the servant of all,” not, “What’s in it for me?”
And Jesus is forcing Judas to make a decision, as well.
What is one teaching of Jesus you have trouble with? This could be the teaching where you need to pay the most attention. Try it out.