Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Betrayer - Lent 2016

Living Bread ~ Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35               
During this season of reflections and renewal, join me in exploring the Bread of Life. When we encounter Jesus Christ, this Living Bread feeds, satisfies, and transforms us. Come on this journey and remember this True Bread “is broken for you”. ~ Donna Oswalt

As they were reclining at the table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me – one who is eating with Me.” Mark 14:18 NASB

On the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, the twelve disciples gather with Him for a meal. Most believe this to be a Passover meal, a time of remembrance of God’s provision and a time to fellowship together. Jesus knows who will betray him – one within His inner circle. While eating, Jesus mentions the upcoming betrayal, and the disciples begin to ask, “Is it I?” Jesus confirms that the one who will betray him is eating with Me!

One can imagine the looks around the table, glances and glares about whom it might it be, whispers and wonderings about what it could mean. Judas Iscariot, the betrayer, must have been surprised to hear Jesus say this, knowing the subversive plot a secret. Judas, likely sitting beside Jesus, even mockingly whispers, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”  All four Gospels recount Jesus acknowledging His betrayer. In John 13:18, when identifying the betrayer Jesus says, “I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘HE WHO EATS MY BREAD HAS LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME.’”** Jesus never calls the name of the betrayer but reveals this truth to come to acknowledge His sovereignty.

Lord, I listen to this story and realize I betray you every day ~ me, a Christian ~ when I choose not to mention You in a crowd where faith is risky and when I trade time with You for time with the world and when I am convinced my selfish plan is better than Yours and when the lure of acceptance turns my heart from You. Lord, always give us this bread. – dho

Focus Point: Jesus knows who will betray him – one within His inner circle.

references to the betrayer in the Gospels:
Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:12-25, Luke 22:7-30, John 13:8-30 
** Psalm 41:9 - Scripture Jesus quotes

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