Saturday, April 05, 2014

Preparing for Easter ~ Place of Betrayal

[Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations…from everlasting to everlasting  Psalm 90:1-2  
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore God’s Presence, our dwelling place.  Are you dwelling in the presence of God? ~ Donna Howell Oswalt]

 “After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with His disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had gone there many times with His disciples.” John 18:1-2 NLT


Judas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, betrays Him to authorities for thirty pieces of silver. As for the motivation of Judas, one can suppose evil ambitions or simple greed. Whatever his intention, Judas brings the authorities to the Gethsemane, as he knows this place to be somewhere Jesus and the disciples frequently gather. Usually a quiet place for prayer and reflection, Gethsemane becomes a place of betrayal.

Life hurries along, and sometimes it is easier to be lost in a moment, enticed with the crowd, and controlled by the money, than admit weakness, confess insecurity, or express need. Jesus, when I forget Your goodness and ignore Your peace, when I hurry passed Your joy and overlook Your Grace, I betray You again and again. Count me alive in Christ. You give a greater grace. -dho

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