Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Faith in Spite of Betrayal

And they went to a place called Gethsemane.  And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.  And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”  And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you.  Remove this cup from me.  Yet not what I will, but what you will.”  And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep?  Could you not watch one hour?  Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.  And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him.  And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?  It is enough; the hour has come.  The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.  Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man.  Seize him and lead him away under guard.”  And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!”  And he kissed him.  And they laid hands on him and seized him.  But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.  And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me?  Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me.  But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.”  And they all left him and fled.  (Mark 14:32-50)

The chief priest and scribes sought to kill Him.  Judas Iscariot sold his Savior for filthy lucre.  Peter, James, and John fall asleep.  “The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.”  The disciples and a young man flees.  The leadership of the Jews finds Jesus guilty.  Peter denies three times.  The soldiers mock, not protect.  Jesus dies for betrayers, for weak-willed men and women alike.  Even for you He died, for your sin.  Now take up your baptism today.  No more the betrayer, no more weak-willed Christians, no more cowering before men, only trust in God.  By faith, you are innocent with Christ’s innocence.

Lord I believe, help Thou my unbelief.  Amen.

Around the Word Devotions, Mar 31, 2015

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