SUGGESTED SCRIPTURE READING- Mark 14:12-25
“When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, He said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray Me—one who is eating with Me.” Mark 14:17-18
“One of you will betray Me”. BETRAY…what a horrible word. It literally means to deliver to an enemy by treachery. In the Middle East, both then and now, dining with someone confirmed a friendship. Jesus and His disciples were literally “dipping from the same bowl”. To betray someone after having a meal with them was and is considered doubly treacherous.
But Judas wasn’t the only one to betray Him. Only a few days prior, while Jesus was coming to Jerusalem for Passover, He made His triumphant entrance riding a young donkey. The people spread palm leaves before Him as He entered the city…some even spread their robes as they shouted praises: “Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
These same people who were shouting “Hail Him, Hail Him”, in just a few short days would be shouting “Nail Him, Nail Him”. They, like Judas, saw Jesus as a king who could deliver them from the oppression of Roman rule. When they found out Jesus was more interested in their eternal salvation than lifting their temporal oppression, they rejected the King who is Christ the Savior.
HERE’S A QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION: How do you think they could turn on Him so quickly?
Only a short time earlier (Mark, Chapter 8), Jesus had asked the disciples who the people said He was. Their answer was that some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets. “But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” Peter was actually beginning to get it. Jesus is THE Christ…THE Messiah. The only one who could offer him eternal life.
With the above scripture in mind, here’s the most important question we can ever ask ourselves:
Who is Jesus to me? Is He my personal ATM that I can go to only when I need something? Is He someone I call on only to relieve me of my oppressions…my worries…my personal Rome? Or is He my Messiah…my Savior.
PRAYER: Jesus, help me to allow You to be King of my life, even if it means sacrifice and submission to Your purpose; even if it means You may not always remove my oppression.