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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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Teaching is the Temple

23When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 28“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him. (Matthew 21:23-32, NRSV)

Why do they want to know by what authority? Isn’t it pretty clear to everyone by now that Jesus is working under the authority of God?

But Jesus asks them a  question and they feel trapped, they can not give either answer because either answer will mean that they should have done something or that they are going against the people. They can not give an answer because it will put them in a bad place. Have you ever had to answer a question and you knew the answer you gave would not be received well? It’s hard to do, but if it is the answer you have to give it.

And neither of the sons did what the father asked, the first one told the father he didn’t want to go to the field and didn’t and then felt bad so he went, he didn’t do what the father asked but was moved by remorse. He didn’t do it because he needed to, or should have, but to make himself feel better. The second one just lied to the father and told him he would go and then did whatever he wanted. Neither of these 2 have a respect for authority and do whatever makes them feel good. God calls us to go and to follow where He leads so that his love may be made known to all the world.

So do you follow after God and go where He leads, or do you tell Him you will and then do your own thing?

 

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Faithful or Wicked

45“Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. 47Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. 48But if that wicked slave says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. 51He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:45-51, NRSV)

Have you ever been in a position of power or being in control? How did you handle it?

Were you a boss that told everyone what to do while you sat back and watched from the sideline and yelled at people when they messed it up? Or were you a leader and a person who worked alongside the others and did your fair share of the work?

It is not for us to lord our control over others. We need to serve at all times and know that by serving we are doing what Christ has called us to do.

 

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The Day of the Lord is Near

6Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty! 7Therefore all hands will be feeble, and every human heart will melt, 8and they will be dismayed. Pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will be aflame. 9See, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the earth a desolation, and to destroy its sinners from it. 10For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light. (Isaiah 13:6-10, NRSV)

The day of the Lord is not going to be a pleasant day. There will be judgment and no one will be comforted until it is over.

Hands will be feeble and unable to do anything and hearts will melt, not like a good melt, like my heart melts every time I see you. A bad melt like the opening of the Ark of the Covenant on Raiders of the Lost Ark kind of melt…

It is not a day we want to happen, but we need to know that we will make it through because we are covered by the blood of the lamb. We are set apart and will endure. Doesn’t mean there won’t be judgment or anguish, but we will survive.

So help others know the love God has for them so that they might be set apart with us.

 

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Hard Times to Come

15“So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), 16then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; 17the one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; 18the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat. 19Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! 20Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath. 21For at that time there will be great suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’ —do not believe it. 24For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25Take note, I have told you beforehand. 26So, if they say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.29“Immediately after the suffering of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. (Matthew 24:15-29, NRSV)

Let the reader understand…

Let the reader understand what? What happened with the sacrilege of holy items in Daniel, where the king took the items from the temple and used them as common everyday dishes. Or is there something else we should understand?

If it is the taking of items for daily use that should be for holy use, what is there to understand, that we shouldn’t do this? Or those of us who are doing it because we are revering the items and not taking them because they are made of precious metal and have intrinsic value. The king in Daniel raided the temple and took the items because they were valuable, not because they were holy and using them for daily use when they are holy when you see them only as valuable is wrong. Because every moment of our lives is holy, there is never a time we are not with God, so know that God is always with you and every moment is holy and use the implements of the holy time in your daily life because it is holy, not because of its value.

Let the reader understand…

 

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Don’t Be Lead Astray!

As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2Then he asked them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” 3When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 5For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray. 6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8all this is but the beginning of the birthpangs. 9“Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 13But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:1-14, NRSV)

Beware you are not led astray. I worry about this that I am the one to lead others astray.

For we know that lots of terrible stuff is going to happen before the end is here, but a lot of terrible stuff has already happened, how do we really know when Jesus is coming back and if the things we are enduring are the final days?

My easy answer is we don’t. We just have to hold on and know that when Jesus does return we will know it. Until then we should just keep loving as he told us to and helping others see that love.

As his followers, we will endure lots of strife because the world doesn’t know him or believe him. But we are to stand firm in our convictions and know that all of his promises are true and he is coming back for us. Let us not be deceived or led astray into thinking we have missed him or someone who isn’t him is him. We must love one another so the world will still see his love for us all.

 

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When Did We See You?

31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-46, NRSV)

Have you ever seen Jesus?

Looked into the face of another and witnessed the Lord?

Maybe it was someone who helped you. Maybe it was someone you helped.

The part about this text that really sticks with me is not that some people helped those in need and some didn’t help. It’s not that some thought they were doing the right thing and others were just self-centered. The thing that really sticks with me from this text is that everyone is surprised. No one knows when they saw Jesus or did some or didn’t do something for him. To me this says we can’t really be on the lookout for Jesus to help the right person, we have to realize that Jesus is every person and everything we do or don’t do for others is doing or not doing that for Jesus.

So how can we better live out the love that Jesus has given us by being a force for his love in the world?

 

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