Thursday 18 September, 2014

Matthew 26:1-5

26 Jesus finished saying all these things. Then he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover Feast is two days away. The Son of Man will be handed over to be nailed to a cross.” 3 Then the chief priests met with the elders of the people. They met in the palace of Caiaphas, the high priest. 4 They made plans to arrest Jesus in a clever way. They wanted to kill him. 5 “But not during the Feast,” they said. “The people may stir up trouble.”

I love that Jesus will always “tell it like it is”. “The Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified”. No fluff. Straight to the point.

Such a stark contrast in this passage to the other characters mentioned -the Jewish Leaders. Words like plotting, secretly. There’s the stench of manipulation as the evil plot is devised around the Passover so people wouldn’t  riot against them.

Jesus is so not like that. He says it like it is. His voice is very firm but very kind. He never manipulates, embellishes the truth or uses ambiguity. He is direct and to the point and completely trustworthy.

I’m so glad my God is like that.

Help me recognise Your voice more easily Lord. And may my confidence in your character grow to a point that I obey your voice without a moments hesitation. Amen

Written by Boudy van Noppen

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