Monday 23 May, 2016

Luke 22:47-53

47 While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd came up. The man named Judas was leading them. He was one of the 12 disciples. Judas approached Jesus to kiss him. 48 But Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you handing over the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen. So they said, “Lord, should we use our swords against them?” 50 One of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered, “Stop this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus spoke to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders. They had all come for him. “Am I leading a band of armed men against you?” he asked. “Do you have to come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courtyard. And you didn’t lay a hand on me. But this is your hour. This is when darkness rules.”

Even though I know where this is leading, it still saddens me every time I read this section of passage.  How could a friend betray Jesus in this manner… Journey with Him for many years, minister, share life experiences & then betray Him for money.

Then we see the other disciples fight for Jesus by cutting off the ear of one of the mob.  The two extremes of being a disciple…

I want my life to count for something positive, to be known for getting on with the things that God has planned for me. I know to achieve this, I need to make good & wise choices, I can’t just sit back and wait for God to make my next move.  We know that Judas made his own choice in his part of Jesus arrest.  We also know that it was part of a bigger plan God had for mankind.

One of God’s promises to us is that He will work all things together for the good of those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose for them.

I thank you God for your perfect plan!

Written by Ps. Mandy Miller

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