Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:1-2, Matthew 26:1-5, Luke 22:1-2, Mark 14:10-11, Matthew 26:14-16, Luke 22:3-6, Mark 14:12-16, Matthew 26:17-19, Luke 22:7-13, John 13:1-17, Mark 14:17-26, Matthew 26:20-30, Luke 22:14-30, John 13:18-30
Jesus, betrayal is my worst fear.
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. –John 13:1-2
Jesus, You knew Judas was going to betray You, yet You allowed Him the unique privilege of sharing the Last Supper with You.
Lord, did You wash His feet too?
Sounds like it…
Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.” After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? –John 13:10-12
Lord, You weren’t afraid Judas would betray You, YOU KNEW HE WOULD BETRAY YOU.
He replied, “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me. For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”
Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?”
And Jesus told him, “You have said it.” –Matthew 26:23-25
Jesus, You gave Him one last warning and then You washed His feet.
And then he b-e-t-r-a-y-e-d You.
Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. –John 3-5
Lord, how did You pick up that towel and wash Judas’ feet?
- You knew who You were
- You knew who had sent You
- You knew Your mission
- You knew who Your were fighting
- You knew God’s plans were being fulfilled
Lord, in my everyday days I “know” these five things but when the scars of betrayal are forced open by current day issues, spiritual discernment and common sense go out the window. I get in crazy-making mode and begin reliving past betrayals similar to the way a soldier relives their times in battle.
Holy Spirit, I prayed and asked You to show me how to have peace when the fear of betrayal overwhelms me. You gave me these verses:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 4:6-7
–Tell You what I need
–Thank You for all You have done
Then I will…
—Experience Your peace that exceeds my understanding
–You will guard my heart and mind
Lord, I give my fear of betrayal to You. Heal my deepest hurts.
Let this be so in my life.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 13:31-38, Mark 14:27-31, Matthew 26:31-35, Luke 22:31-38, John 14:1-15:17