If there were any PR people amongst the disciples, on that Tuesday they must have had a nightmare day. This was like a public war of words, betraying Jesus’ deep disappointment with the self righteous.
They tried to trap Him with both political and religious questions but with no avail. He knew more than they thought He knew and His time just wasn’t finished. How often do we play this game too…We get so engrossed in relatively insignificant trivia, while ignoring the blatant spiritual issues that marr our lives.
It’s frustrating to see such an opportunity yet those who saw themselves ‘in’ were either too deluded or arrogant to see themselves in need of grace.
Like a good prophet He paints the picture of the future, offering yet another chance of repentance. He does it with creativity and simplicity, through the power of the story. But so many just don’t want to know. The ‘here and now’ of power is a strong spiritual narcotic that deters us from understanding the future.
This is the day that Judas does His dirty deal. It might have been about money but I suspect that the shattered expectations of worldly success provided most of the motivation for ‘selling Jesus out’. You make a customised IJesus and when it does not ‘deliver’ – you betray Him. That story gets repeated again and again.