This morning I remember how I met my husband. It was a setup by one of my cousins. I have bragged on this cousin about what a good thing he did to introduce the two of us. But he also set me up one time before and it wasn’t such a good turnout. We went out to eat and he asked me what I wanted. I told him and then he only ordered something only for me! I was mortified. He said he had a sore throat and didn’t feel like eating. Good grief. Back then I was a shy, skinny, introvert and it was NOT what you did back then either. Eat when your date doesn’t? Well even though we had another date together that dude did not work out and we never ate out together again. Although my cousin knew him, he did not know him as well as he thought. Thank goodness, because Danny was only about a year away from coming into my life. 😊
Here it is the day of the Passover meal. Jesus and His friends are dining in together. He knew those guys He was eating with, even Judas. He knew all about them. He could have avoided Judas. But He wasn’t just eating a meal with His buddies, He was on a mission. And Judas, as awful as he appears to be to us, was part of Jesus’s mission on earth.
Oh beloved, God promises us that we will have blessings and be full of joy. This joy is not an escape, nor is it a substitute for hardship. It is something that comes along with every heartache, every tear, every remorseful situation and every betrayal. This joy comes at a price – and Jesus paid that price for you. He also paid so that you would have a life that is full of peace in every situation. He paid the price so that you would be able to walk in forgiveness even when no one says they are sorry. Your life isn’t your own anymore. And you don’t have to wait for Passion Week or the Passover to understand that Jesus was so passionate for His mission – and you were part of that mission – that He became the Passover meal for you. So that you don’t have to live in waiting – you can live free every single day of your life. Just as Judas didn’t have the last say, so too the devil will not have the last say in your life. His tricks to destroy you, keep you in the pit and remove your joy, peace and more – won’t work. Because Jesus has already done it for you!
God loves you and He’s for you. This is your reason for living. That God came in the flesh, laid down His position, walked to Calvary, was laid in the grave and rose again – for you! Run to Him this morning and lay down your life for Him again! And live, beloved, as a beautiful representation of all that shows the world as you walk with Him and count Him as a best friend and King all the days of your life!
Matthew 26:25 And Judas, the betrayer, said, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself.”
John 6:51 “I am the Living Bread that came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior], he will live forever. And the Bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).” AMP
Romans 3:23-26 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.