Readings- Matthew 26, Proverbs 26
Imagine that you and your friends are going to a football game at the opposing team’s stadium to cheer your team on. You are all planning to meet there and you will all be wearing the same colors and even have your faces all painted and have signs made up. Different chants have been created that all of you will spur your team on with and get the other fans involved in. What a great night is ahead of you! You and your friends can smell the victory.
You get to the stadium, only to find that your friends have not dressed up like you, their faces are not painted, no signs in their hands. When some of the opposing fans approach you to make fun of your outfit and to put you down, your friends slip away into the crowd to let you handle the comments yourself. Seems like the other home team has a huge turnout. Then one of your “friends” comes up to you with the local police and makes an accusation against you saying, “This is the one that said they are going to disrupt the game. They plan on stirring up fights, and have brought weapons.” The police handcuff you and start to take you away. You then see one of your closest friends being confronted by some others, and you hear the opposition say, “You are friends with that person, we know that we have seen you together.” Then you hear your friend respond three different times to these accusations, “I do not know what you are taking about. I do not know this person.” They even swear and curse and say it is not true. You are taken away by the police, and your friends are nowhere in sight.
How would you feel? Would you ever look to them again to be your friends? What if you knew ahead of time that this was going to happen? Would you have gone any way?
Now consider the night Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane and taken away into custody.(Matthew 26:47-75) What happened to Him? His disciples scattered. One of them betrayed Him bringing authorities to His location and falsely accused Him. Then Peter denied ever knowing Him three times. How do you think He felt? Remember that Jesus had even predicted that the disciples would do just that, leaving Him alone. Jesus had a goal in mind that He was willing to pursue even in the midst of such terrible betrayal. He needed to be crucified on that cross so that His disciples, and you and me, and anyone else that would come to trust in Him, might be forgiven of their/our rebellion against God, and might be able to enjoy an eternal relationship with God and avoid the inevitable destination of Hell.
Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV) tells us where to focus our attention in the midst of “life”, in the midst of potential betrayal:
2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
As you get ready to go to that game or event or wherever with your friends, think about Jesus. Remember that verse that you see so often on signs in the end zone on televised games.
John 3:16 (NIV)
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Thank Him for His sacrifice so that you and I can LIVE. Enjoy the “game of life” with Jesus never leaving you, never denying you!
Cheering for you,
If you have any questions regarding Jesus or the life that He offers please contact me through the e-mail on this site or if you would like to comment go below and log in to comments. Go to Time in the Word at the top of the page for the schedule of readings. Enjoy reading of His love for you and share it with someone today.