Monday, October 5, 2009

Κύριος Notes: Betrayal Large and Small

There"s no such thing as perfect people
There no such thing as a perfect life
So come as you are, broken and scarred
Lift up your heart and be amazed, and be changed
by a perfect God
Natalie Grant
Scripture Reflections: Luke 22

20In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Lord Jesus, when I think of this last teaching moment with you disciples it is hard to imagine the thoughts must have been going through you mind as you were preparing for what was ahead. A new covenant established at the cost of your blood. Law gives way to grace. You died for willingly sacrificed your life on my behalf.

21But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him." 23They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

Judas was sitting right there at the table hearing the words flow over him as you spoke. Yet he was unmoved or at the very least he kept the deal that he made. Was it the money? Was it a grab for power? Was it a twisted attempt to force you to act with power?

It doesn't even really matter why. He made his choice. He paid the price for betrayal. A price that continues in eternity. I would like to think that there is a difference in kind between Judas and myself...that I could never make that kind of error in judgement. But truth be known, the difference is just a matter of degrees. Every time that I react in ways that are not as You would have me to, Lord, I betray you in my own way.

Yesterday as we celebrated communion together at worship, you reminded me again Lord Jesus of your death for me... You suffered so that people just like my friends at Living Springs could come together and rejoice at what was done on our behalf. We could not have earned what we freely were given.

Lord Jesus thank you for your death on the cross for me.

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