Monday, February 9, 2015
FEBRUARY 9 "DISAPPOINTED WITH JESUS?"
A side from Judas' satanical inspiration, many believe that alongside with that disposition was also a great disappointment Judas had with Jesus, yes Jesus, can you imagine?!! In Judas' eyes, Jesus did not deliver as he could and should have and Judas finds himself not just grieved at what he is about to do (betray Jesus), but grieved over Jesus' failure do deliver the goods, so to speak. I love the flow of the reading today, it transpires from Judas (one of the twelve) negotiating the betrayal of Jesus right to the disciples (the other 11) asking Jesus what they can do to prepare for the Passover. Don't miss this! They're ALL "the disciples" the "chosen 12" and while one is off disappointed and betraying Jesus for his failure to live up to his expectations, the other 11 are marching along appreciating Jesus for ALL He is and ALL He is doing. Is this not the same Jesus ALL 12 have had a relationship with for the past 3 1/2 years, why then such contrasting views? It's an issue of the heart, isn't it! Judas' heart is not right. You can come to church, you can try God, ....see what "he can do for you, how God can benefit your life" but at the end of the day, if your heart is not right, you will betray Jesus. You will walk away from God accusing Him for never having lived up to your expectations. We see people walk away from God everyday and we, the rest of the disciples, scratch our heads and ask why? And the answer is normally something along the lines of ...."God didn't do what I had expected, he wasn't all that I thought he would be or do"...and we the rest will simply scratch our heads and say..."really???" and then we will turn to Jesus and say, "what can I do to help you Lord, because you are everything you say and more". Does your view of Jesus contrast from your brothers and sisters in Christ, for the worse? If so, watch out, you're on a slippery slope to betrayal, don't be a Judas, don't betray Jesus!