Our pastor is currently working through the Gospel according to Matthew on Sunday mornings. This week, he covered the text; Matthew 26:17-25.
Points to ponder from his message:
1. The term, “victim” is used in the present society to describe nearly every negative circumstance. If a driver runs a red light and totals my vehicle, I am a victim. If someone breaks into my home, I am a victim. If someone steals my identity, I am a victim. When Jesus was falsely tried and condemned to the cross, was He a victim?
Consider: During His earthly ministry, Jesus pushed away every attempt to keep Him from the cross. He refused to allow the crowds to crown Him, Peter to protect Him, or His own agony to distract Him from what He proclaimed as His divine purpose. He set His eyes on the cross before being born into the world. v24. “The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him.” Was Jesus a victim? No, He was in complete control every moment.
2. If Rob Bell is correct, why was it better that Jesus’ betrayer had never been born?
3. No one at the table, including Jesus, pointed the finger at Judas. The words, v23, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish,” applied to everyone at the table. Instead, v22, “they were exceedingly sorrowful,” and each of them began to say, “Lord, is it I?” Save for Judas, who asked, “Rabbi (teacher), is it I?” Jesus responds without indictment, “I know that you know.”
4. Jesus loves so much, He didn’t accuse His own betrayer, nor stop His own betrayal. He was ever able had He chose to.
5. One last thought from the message to gruel over: Both Judas and Peter can technically be considered as betrayers of the Lord. But of one it was said, “It would have been better had he never been born,” and to the other, “Feed My sheep.”
We can be confident in the solid foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If ever there is a time, and I’m sure there are many, when my words and actions betray my Savior, let me be described as “one who is exceedingly sorrowful.”