Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
As we continue our “Luke: The End” series, this weekend we looked at Luke 22:1-13, a passage in which the disciples prepare for the passover and Judas prepares to betray Jesus.
Since Jesus was so popular with the crowds, the chief priests and teachers of the law knew that they couldn’t arrest Jesus in public. They needed information about where and when Jesus would be in a secluded place so the arrest would not be met with protest. Judas, one of the twelve disciples, offered this information.
Around the same time, Peter and John, also part of the twelve, made preparations for the passover feast just as Jesus had asked.
The tendency here is to align ourselves with Peter or John (following the instructions of Jesus) rather than Judas (deliberately going against Jesus). After all, who could put themselves in the shoes of one of the most villainous characters in history? Interestingly however, the other disciples didn’t see Judas this way. If they did, they would have immediately suspected him as Jesus’ betrayer, but this was not the case. For it to truly be a betrayal, Judas had to be one of the “good guys” who did something shocking, not a bad guy acting consistently bad. Judas certainly made a very bad decision, but he made a decision that anybody was capable of, including you or me!
The point is, today is the tomorrow you prepared for yesterday. In other words, our present condition is determined by our past decisions. Looking at the decisions you are making today, what direction are you headed?
Other verses and quotes from the message:
Luke 22:1-13; Exodus 12:17-20; Luke 19:47-48; Luke 4:1-2; Luke 4:13; Matthew 26:15-16; Ephesians 3:20; 1 Timothy 4:7b-8