Posts Tagged ‘Betrayal’


John 13:2,18,26-28
The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus… “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture: ‘He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me’… Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. “What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him.

Up to this point in Jesus’ ministry, he avoided being caught by the Pharisees and Sadducees because his time had not yet come and nothing they did resulted in his capture, either physically or verbally. However, when Jesus realized it was time for him to be glorified, he seems to make elaborate preparations for his own murder and that is so mysterious. He washes the feet of Judas, an act that is considered so lowly for anyone, feeds him from his own plate and then sends him off to betray him. We can never understand the mind of God because the last thing on our minds if we knew we were going to be murdered would be to accommodate our murderer. Worse still, if we knew who was going to murder us, we would certainly not be cordial to the person, forget showing love like Jesus did. Does this give you an insight into how God’s love is pure and perfect and he loves like no man can?

God is love and this love is not anything we can describe. God’s love is so amazing that the likes of Saul who tormented God’s own was called into his own service. This amazing love is available to all who seek to reform their lives but cant. Are you guilty of sins you committed, however big or small? Do you like Macbeth see blood on your hands of the sins you committed and are constantly battling it? Jesus is willing to forgive and to forget even the worst of sinners if they are willing to call on his name. My life has been a tragedy of sorts and only because God was gracious do I sleep a restful night anymore. Are you washed in the blood of the lamb of God? What’s holding you back? For those of us who are washed in his blood, are we loving the lost like he did or are we staying in our comfort zones? When was the last time we tried to love the lost like Jesus did?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Mark 13:32-37
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

The reality of Jesus’ betrayal and his death has become a reality to the disciples who now sit Jesus down to enquire when it will take place. This is so human and curiosity kills. Israel was and is still waiting for the coming messiah who would save them and take them to heaven and like the rest of Israel, the disciples wanted to know when. They realized that Jesus was the long-awaited messiah but wanted to know what next. Reminds me of me because as I wait upon the Lord for the right job opportunity, my curiosity kills me to a point of asking God for signs or evidence that he has something in store and I’m reminded again that I am to wait on God for his timing and not mine.

Jesus’s response to this question is not what the disciples probably hoped to hear, specially when he said that neither the angels or even he knew when the time was but he certainly gave clues. 2 days ago, a new friend and I were talking and he indicated to me signs that the end times were here and I have to say, it was compelling. Therefore the caution that Jesus gives us to be on guard and not asleep is key for us today. Our eyes are to be focused on sharing the gospel to the world and living worthy lives through God’s help and not to be caught off-guard. It’s a wake up call that we cannot be asleep in our walk with Christ but awake. If we are not walking with Christ yet, it’s a loud shout to us that the end is near and before we loose the opportunity to share eternity with God, we need to submit our lives to his Lordship. Rise and shine Children of the living God!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Mission Panorama


Mark 12:41-44
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins,j worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

As the threats to Jesus increase and the attacks of the Pharisees and Sadducees get worse, Jesus continues to patiently teach his disciples rather than being stressed about the terrible things that are to come. What’s most amazing is that Jesus knew exactly what would happen and rather than avoiding the horrid betrayal and crucifixion, he is focussed on sharing the gospel, saving as many souls and clarifying the reality of what God wants for man. This observation he makes of the poor widow is again such a wonderful reminder about the fact that God looks at our hearts not the outward appearances we make.

We are often reminded by Jesus that he doesn’t want us to speak “Churchinese” or “Act holy” or make gestures that show we are Christian in Church specially when we don’t mean it. When we are faced with the world, what’s in our hearts shows in our way of dealing with non-Christians and our lives are a reflection of our hearts. The old widow gave all she had to tell God that her trust was completely on God whereas we will count our pennies and give what we think is right. If that’s our attitude, it will be so even when we serve God and show our love to the lost. What God wants of us is our everything, not just measured portions. If we truly understand the sacrifice God made for us, we will know that our everything will not add up to a fraction of what the Lord has done for us. Lets not count the pennies and count the cost but consider it pure joy to submit our lives to our Lord and Savior and glorify him shamelessly. He will reward us in his time and take care of our every need.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Nature's Perfect Mirror


Matthew 24:3-8, 36

“Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains…“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.


As Jesus approaches his betrayal and death, his disciples start to wonder when it is that he will come and rescue them? They had Jesus beside them and they followed him but when Jesus was gone, what would happen to them and their loved ones? If Jesus was going to be killed by human hands, what would these human hands do to them? These were questions that worried them and a solution was what they sought. Jesus answered them but he did not specify the time or date when he would come again because he said that he himself did not know, only God the father did. How would the disciples have felt by this response? What hope would they have had? Do you think they could loose their faith in him because of this?

It’s amazing to note that all the disciples except for Judas who betrayed Christ spent their lives, after Christ’s death and resurrection, in sincere service to God, a transformation only possible through the working of the Holy Spirit in their lives. However, at the point where we are at, the answer Jesus gave must certainly have worried them but like many of the mysteries surrounding Jesus, they did not question it but listened and followed Christ. When I read the warnings Jesus specified, I feel the time is here because everything that Jesus spoke about seems to be happening now. We therefore need to be faithful servants and be on our alert to serve God and his people sincerely and share the good news with many and help them find the same hope we have in Christ.

In His Loving Service,

Vineet