Spy Wednesday - Matthew 26:14-16 and John 13:27, 30March 28, 2018 Paul Daly
Would you have liked to be one of Jesus’ 12 disciples? On the one hand, it would be beautiful to know him face to face, to hear his voice, to witness his life. On the other hand, the original 12 disciples had a pretty rough go of it. Often they misunderstood Jesus’ teachings and intentions. They were frustrated and often clueless. They also would have traveled from place to place and endured a very nomadic and Spartan existence. Judas Iscariot was the overseer of the money that supported Jesus and his disciples. This must have been a challenging job to keep his friends and Master operating on a shoe-string budget. When an expensive bottle of perfume was poured over Jesus’ head, Judas registered his disapproval. That money could have been shared with the poor or been used to support Jesus’ ministry for weeks! This unnecessary waste seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for Judas. Following the excessive dumping of so much perfume on Jesus, Judas indicates his willingness to betray his Master into the hands of the Pharisees. What he gets in return is a little economic kickback - just 30 pieces of silver. Activity: Gather your rocks together and place them in a bag. As you feel the weight of the rocks try to sense the weight of your sin. In what area of your life do you sell Jesus short? Take some time for self-introspection and to pray the words of Psalm 139:24, “Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” As Good Friday draws near know that forgiveness comes in our confession. We do not have to bear the burden any longer.