Thursday, April 6, 2017

Personal Devotion - April 6th, 2017



Mark 14:10-11, "And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve [disciples], went unto the chief priests, to betray [Christ] unto them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray Him."

You know how you can read a passage time and time again, but all at once it just "clicks"?

Here was my revelation today:

(skip down to verse 18)

"One of you which eateth with me shall betray me."

And it hit me... Judas shall betray?

Wasn't it basically a settled account? Judas had already thought this through, talked to the guys in charge, arranged a bargain, and was deep in thought about how to make it most convenient.

Jesus was as good as betrayed, if you ask me.

But not if you ask Jesus.

Christ already knew. He knew exactly what was going on, and even that Judas had already bargained the price of His head. (Yes, I absolutely do believe in the omniscience of every member of the Trinity.)

He also knew that Judas was going to go through with it, and it was a done deal.

But it wasn't yet.

And, yes, maybe I'm reading too far into it, but I just find this beautiful.

Even for the man who sinned and betrayed Christ to the point of His death (necessary or not, obviously it's hard on the conscience), there was a way out.

It wasn't that he was born for that; he choose that path, and could have left the path at any point up until it was done. He shall betray. Not that he had betrayed. Even though... he kind of had.

But Jesus Christ, even facing His own crucifixion, was willing to give this guy a chance to redirect.

He was saying, there's still time. Even though it looks bleak, it hasn't actually happened yet. Stop now.

And if He could say that to Judas, who betrayed Him, I think He's looking down, watching us, whispering the same to we who betray Him every day.

There's always a way out of sin. Your destiny is not chosen for you.

Kind of like one of those deals the cell phone companies are offering: "switch to us and we'll pay off your old contract!"

When we run to Christ, He'll clean up our old messes.

God is the only settled One in our entire universe—but He's so supremely settled, He calms everything close to Him, too. If you feel stressed or distant from Him, He's not the One who's moved. ❤


2 comments:

  1. This post made me want to cry! How God can love us despite all we've done against Him is such a wonder to me. The fact that He will accept even the worst of sinners if they turn to Him is so powerful. That He came to earth willing to die for those who would betray Him and mock Him...those who would crucify Him....That He still gives us a second chance,and a third,and a fourth,and a fifth, etc. That His love knows no end. You know what? Our God is good!!!!

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