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Friday
Apr142017

The Night Of Betrayal

Matthew 23:12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends--before this they had been enemies.

I find this verse fascinating because it illustrates how people who are often enemies find common ground.  These two men found a friendship around mocking and convicting an innocent man. Both men interrogated Jesus and both came away knowing he did nothing worthy of being on trial.

History tells us that both men played a part in the death of Jesus even when they had no reason to be involved. The one baiting the hooks of these two leaders to make Jesus out to be guilty was Satan and he was working extremely hard at setting up the players to make everyone betray Jesus.

1 Corinthians 2:8 “None of the rulers of this age knew this wisdom, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Satan had tempted Christ in the wilderness several years before this trial, and was unsuccessful in tempting Christ to be worshipped and glorified. His goal is always to tempt god’s people to compromise, and when he was unable to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, he decided he would orchestrate his death.  I am sure Judas didn’t think Jesus would be crucified; I think he thought Jesus would be forced into taking over Israel and usher in His kingdom. Judas like so many Christians today, wasn’t paying attention to emphasis of the life of Jesus Christ.

That night of betrayal, all the disciples were guilty of running, hiding and betraying Christ. They all become a part of this great night of betrayal by following Jesus at a distance. They were not ready to die with Christ, they were much more concerned about their future hopes of seeing Jesus reigning as their hope for Israel. I am convinced none of the disciples were aware of the what was happening to Jesus, yet he told them this would all happen to Him.

Matthew 16:21 “From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.”

This night of betrayal is a great reminder about how we should live for the one we call Savior and Lord. If we would have lived back in Jesus day, I am sure most of us would have been as surprised at these events as the disciples. Jesus told his followers what would happen to Him, yet they were caught by surprise.  I see this living out in our present day when scripture reminds us of His coming again and most Christians ignore it. He even tells us what the conditions will be like just before He returns yet most churches don’t preach on it. They ignore it because their pastors are not preaching it. 

Researcher George Barna found that when his researchers asked the pastors about the key political issues of our day, 90 percent of the pastors agreed that the Bible does speak to every one of these issues. But when the pastors were asked if they were teaching their people about what the Bible says about those issues, only 10 percent of the pastors said they were.

Today is Good Friday, and I don’t think you are surprised by what the world is doing today.  You also don’t have to be surprised about what the scripture says is going to happen in three days on Easter morning. So you shouldn’t be surprised when Jesus arose from the grave as He said He would, and you can also count on Him to fulfill His words when He said He is coming again. Nothing should be a surprise because the record is clear, He arose from the grace, and He is coming again. No surprises. 

We have a great God whose word can be trusted, so don’t live your life like those disciples did on the night of betrayal, totally unaware of the events of God.

Keeping it honest and truthful…..K

 

 

 

 

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