Jesus prophesized that one would betray him with a kiss and it’s no surprise we’re so quick to point a finger at Judas Iscariot, “The Betrayer”. We find it appalling that one of his own would turn Jesus in, let alone for only 30 silver coins. Before you’re ready to condemn Judas of blood money, can you honestly say you’ve never been guilty of betrayal? We so easily speak, “I love you Lord” but just as quickly fall into selfish pleasure choosing to forget the commitments we made to Him and thus falling into betrayal ourselves.
Many times our own response is much like Peter’s as we vow to lay our lives down before Him. Just as Peter we are “taken back” by Jesus’ response to our declaration. “Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied me three times.” Like Peter, we honestly believe we would never deny Him after all he has done for us. Yet, how many times have we dared not voice our faith for fear of offending someone? Or have we kept quiet during ungodly talk or actions not wanting to rock the boat or to be uncool. Our silence speaks volumes as we disown Him despite our gut conviction.
Scripture tells us that Jesus and his disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane. He chose three to come with him and instructed them to watch and pray so they would not fall into temptation, while he went to pray to the Father. Ironically, the number three comes up again when, three times he returned to find them asleep, ““Before we pass judgment on the sleeping disciples, let’s examine our own hearts and see if we are guilty of the same? Have you ever committed to praying for someone or has the Holy Spirit nudged you to pray despite the hour of the night? As the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak and what may start out as a fervent prayer quickly succumbs to our body’s desire to sleep. How many times have you awoken the next morning realizing you fell asleep when God had placed something heavy on your heart to pray for? Could we not pray for an hour before we too became sleeping disciples?
Through the Seder Supper, the Israelites are able to see the life lessons of their ancestors and how God provided and was faithful despite the error of their ways. In much the same we can heed the disciple’s life lessons and apply to our own lives. Human nature is no different today than it was back in Jesus’ day. We say yes to our God but refuse to walk in His ways becoming as Judas, The Betrayer. We deny we know Him when we fear ridicule and all too often we allow our fleshly needs to supersede our spiritual prayer needs. In this, we are reminded of what a faithful God we serve, true to His promises for His children and we can rejoice that He has once and for all, provided the ultimate Passover Lamb.
©By S. A. Tower, 2013