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Monday, March 19, 2012

The Betrayal of Jesus Christ

Today's Reading:
  • Matthew 26:14 - 46
  • Psalm 31:19 - 24
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Matthew 26:14 - 46
The reading starts today with Judas asking the priests how much they would pay him to betray Jesus.  The reply was 30 pieces of silver, such a sad sum for betraying our Lord.

Next we read about the passover.  Here Jesus told the disciples that one of them will betray him, and that it would be better if that man had never been born (23:24).  Each of the disciples asked if would be them, but when Judas asked, Jesus affirmed it would be him. 

I wonder what took place after that?  How incredulous would everyone be when Jesus told Judas it would be him that betrayed him?  Did they force Judas to leave the passover meal?  Did he just sit there, eating, as if nothing had happened? 

Jesus said it would be better if that man had never been born -- what punishment is Judas suffering, probably even to this very day?  Maybe the rest of the gospels will shed more light.  The reading ends as Jesus is about to be betrayed. 

Psalm 31:19 - 24
Here we are told to put our trust into the Lord, for those who trust in the Lord are sheltered and protected by them.  Even when it seems that all is lost, when it seems that Lord has forgotten you, He has not.  Trust the Lord, love the Lord, obey the Lord -- and He will be with you always.

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