Passion Week Devotion 4.18.19

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Betraying Christ

Devotion by Andrew Atkinson

Imagine being at the last supper. Jesus has made all the arrangements and everything is set up. You are there with the closest of Jesus’ followers.

Everything is going great, everyone is eating and Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” (Matthew 26:21 ESV)

There would be so much confusion. Everyone would be looking around trying to figure out who was going to betray Christ. The Bible says they all said “ surely not I”

Then Jesus answered them saying, “The one who hands me over is someone I eat with daily, one who passes me food at the table. In one sense the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by the Scriptures—no surprises here. In another sense that man who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man—better never to have been born than do this!” Matthew 26:23-24 MSG

After that Judas, who has already set the price of 30 pieces of silver, says “ it isn’t me, is it Rabbi ?” I love Jesus’ response in the Message version. He says  “Don’t play games with me, Judas.” Matthew 26:25 MSG

Remember this, Jesus is all knowing. He knew from day one that he would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. He knew that he was going to be murdered in one of the most cruel and painful ways. He knew all that and still died for us.

As we get closer to Easter Sunday, remember that Christ knows our hearts and knows our sin and still died on the cross for us. His love and grace are for all who ask. No matter the sin Christ died for it.

  • What would your reaction be to Christ saying that someone would betray him?
  • When we sin we betray Christ, do you have something in your life that you are betraying Christ for?
  • Remember that Christ is all knowing. Humans, from Adam and Eve hiding from God, to Judas saying, “surely not I”, tend to forget it. Christ knows our sins and still loves and forgives.

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