Lenten Blog – 3/28/2018
Today is Wednesday of Holy week and this is the calm day before everything happens in the next few days. Jesus taught in the temple during the week and each night returned to Bethany and spent time with friends like Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. They would often stop in the garden of Gethsemane to pray and rest in the journey back to Bethany. During this time the last thing before Maundy Thursday is Judas meeting with the chief priests.
Then one of the Twelve–the one called Judas Iscariot–went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. (Matthew 26:14-16)
Have you ever been let down or betrayed by someone close to you? Most all of us have. Divorce happens when one feels that way and it is with someone very close. For three years Judas has spent most of his time Jesus and the other disciples. Now for 30 pieces of silver Judas looks for the chance to have Jesus arrested, away from the crowds that might riot if arrested before them. He ultimately chose the Garden which was a quiet place away from people. Jesus never told the disciples where they would celebrate the Last Supper so he could not be arrested there. We know Judas left that meal and went to get the guards. Maybe they first went to the house in Jerusalem where the meal took place, but anyway they finally found Jesus at the garden and he showed who he was on a dark night with a kiss.
The other 11 disciples would spend the rest of their lives bringing people to meet and know Jesus in their ministries and his amazing grace. Judas tried to undo what he did by giving the money back but the chief priests did not want it. The blessing he missed was not going back to Jesus. He could not make things right because Jesus is the only who can do that. Anyone, betrayers and the unfaithful going back to Jesus find grace and a welcome and maybe even a kiss.
In Christ’s Service,