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Passover Preparations

10Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. 12On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal. 17When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?” 20He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. 21For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” (Mark 14:10-21, NRSV)

Judas went to the chief priests to “betray” Jesus.

Betray is a word that is interesting to me. We can only betray someone if we have power over them, and did Judas have power over Jesus?

Do any of us have power over God?

While Jesus may not have had all the answers, i.e. when the end of the world would come, Jesus said only the Father knows this, he was not under the power of Judas. Jesus knew what was going on and who was going to “betray” him.

I looked up the Greek word here, and it is the word παραδοῖ the third person singular aorist active subjunctive version of παραδίδωμι which means hand over, deliver over.

So Judas made plans to hand Jesus over, which was really all part of the plan.

How do we do what God wants even when we may not understand it?


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Thirty Pieces of Silver

14Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:14-16, NRSV)

So what made Judas go to the chief priests? In John’s gospel, it says the devil entered him, but Matthew doesn’t say anything. The story before this passage is the woman anointing Jesus’ head. So why would Judas want to betray Jesus?

And remember the word here for betray is παραδίδωμι which means hand over. Maybe Judas thought that Jesus would call down an army of angels to stop anything from happening and bring about the Messiah they were all waiting for, the victorious military leader.

Maybe he had had enough of what was going on and wanted out but didn’t want to go home.

Why do you think Judas handed Jesus over?


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170411Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:14-16, NRSV)

Judas went to the priests and asked, “What will you give me if I παραδώσω him to you?”

We always get this translated as betray. Because that is a word that can be used for παραδώσω. However is it the best translation here?

The word means: to surrender, betray, bring forth, cast, commit, deliver, give over or up, to deliver, deliver over, or hand over.

Judas went to the priests and asked, “What will you give me if I hand over Jesus to you?”

Did Jesus know what Judas was doing? In the snippet above we do not know, in another gospel (John), Jesus tells Judas to go and do what you must quickly.

Betray means the person you are doing it to has no idea, hand over means they might.

So did Judas betray Jesus or hand him over?


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Where are you looking?

finished_cross_lens1Today marks the beginning of April, and we are well into the season of Spring. Spring when everything comes back to life, there is resurrection and new life all around us!

Just a few days ago, we gathered together and most of us probably read the story of Jesus’ resurrection from the gospel of Luke. Here we heard of the women going to the tomb to finish the preparation of Jesus’ body, and the stone is rolled away and He is not there. Amazed, two “men” say to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Or “Why are you looking for Him here, when He told you He wasn’t staying long?”

Jesus told the disciples and all following Him all along, He would die and would rise again. Why did they not believe it?

Why do we not believe it?

Where are we looking for Jesus, that we won’t find Him?

Or where are we looking for a savior where He will not be?

What we know about our savior and this passage helps us remember where Jesus is and what He will do for us.

All things we give up will be replaced.

Did you give up something for Lent? And it was hard at first, but then you made it through to Easter and all was good. You realized you could live with out chocolate, soda, meat, or what ever it was. God gave you the strength to persevere and make it through. What else are you holding onto in life that you could give up to God and have Him replace it for something even better? Where are you looking that could be reformed?

We can always be reborn!

Being a born again christian is not something we Lutherans talk a lot about. But being born anew is something that Martin Luther said happened everyday when we wash our face and remember our baptism. We remember the love that God has for us, and that death and separation from Him through sin are only a confession away. And in that we are reborn and made anew in His image. Our gracious God gives us a new beginning every day! What are we holding onto that is keeping us from the life God intended for us? Where are we looking to find hope, when it is releasing our sins and looking to Him?

What is lost can be found!

We have all wandered off like the sheep, or rolled away like the coin, or walked away from the family like the younger brother. But Jesus never gives up looking for us. He never stops looking for those who wander away. He is always searching for the lost. Even when it gets dark and lonely, God will not give up. Nothing will separate us from the loving kindness of God. He will continually look for us. Where have we wandered to look for hope? Maybe we should turn around and realize God has been searching for us.

The women go looking in the tomb. The disciples come running, to find an empty hole. We look for Jesus where we expect Him, or where our fears, stresses, guilt and shame tell us to.

Where are you looking for Jesus?

Is He there?



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Whose feet…

This is Maundy Thursday, the day we celebrate Jesus commemorating the Last Supper, giving us communion, the Holy Eucharist. This was the Passover Feast that Jesus ate with His disciples, except in the gospel reading for today…

John 13:1-17,31-35 starts with “Now before the festival of the Passover,” So the Passover is yet to happen, actually this is the day before in John. Jesus is the sacrificial lamb in John, and therefore He can not be celebrating Passover, as He is the sacrifice. But here in John we get another passage that is associated with this day, the washing of the feet…

And the interesting part to this I have pondered for a while, and heard Max Lucado speak about yesterday on the radio. John tells us that Jesus got up from the table, took off His outer robe, and tied a towel around His waist then proceeded to do what the servants should do, wash the feet of His disciples.  He washed all of their feet, including Judas. John does not say, “Jesus washed their feet until He got to Judas, then He said, I won’t wash your feet, because you are going to hand me over.” Jesus washed His feet. Makes me wonder if Judas had stuck around would he have gotten the grace that Peter did? Peter denied Jesus three times, but Jesus restored Peter on the beach the morning of His resurrection. Peter Rollins speaks of this in his book The Fidelity of Betrayal.  

Notice above I did not say betrayed when speaking of Jesus speaking to Judas. I agree on some level with Peter Rollins and Andrew Loyd Weber portrayal of Judas. Maybe Judas was in on the plan, and the original language of the Gospels tell us that Judas betrayed Jesus, but that word betrayed can also mean handed over. To me it is a question of who has the power. A betrayal happens when the person betrayed has no knowledge of the betrayal, and no power to change it. And my understanding of God is that He has the ultimate power and knows everything. Therefore Jesus could not have been betrayed, but was doing what needed to be done. Judas had no power over Jesus except that Jesus gave him. Judas handed Jesus over, because Jesus had the power to control the events that were to unfold. Another place this word for betray/hand over comes up in tomorrow’s passage, when Jesus breathes His last and “gives up” His spirit. Jesus hands over His spirit when He dies on the cross…

So Jesus washes Judas’ feet along with the other eleven – then Jesus sends Judas to do what he must, and He send us to go and love the world…


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