Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Passion Week - Wednesday
Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.
“But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Today the focus is off Jesus, the disciples and the crowds. We don’t even see soldiers or the government involved. The snapshot the Bible gives us is of the religious leaders and Judas, the disciple who would betray Jesus. The people who should have loved Jesus and welcomed God to earth, wanted Him dead. The plots and schemes were not coming together until one close to Jesus presented himself as a betrayer. Judas spoke and now he looked for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to the authorities.
Those events had to be, but my heart is still broken. Following Jesus is not an easy decision. It means we will have to make choices on who we will follow. It means we will face danger simply because we choose Jesus. It is not the easy path, but it is the one of truth.