It’s Wednesday. After the avalanche of emotions and conflicts, this feels like a quiet day. After resting in Bethany, Jesus comes back into Jerusalem in the Temple complex, continuing to teach. To the naive onlooker it seems like a victory. But little do they know…
The plot is in full flow and the dice has been rolled. His demise at the hand of the religious elite is imminent. This truly is the calm before the storm. Church history often referred to this day as Spy Wednesday, and it’s not hard to guess that Judas takes centre stage.
The man who has witnessed Jesus’ power and heard Jesus’ incredible teaching finds himself ‘turned’ to betray him. It was mostly about money but not just about money. The culmination of his exasperation with Jesus was the wasteful anointing by Mary. That was the tipping point.
The son of David, experiences the betrayal of one of his close followers, just like David himself. At some point something happened to Judas. A small spiritual gateway that allowed the evil one to come and whisper and stir-up his frustrations with the way of the Master.
There’s a Judas lurking in every one of us. We have our own agendas. We see a kingdom with a small ‘k’ that somehow seems more appealing than His Kingdom. We want pleasure, power and possessions and despise servanthood, self-sacrifice and surrender.
When it comes to our affection for the Saviour and our allegiance for the King, there is no such thing as a ‘small’ compromise. This is the time to examine ourselves, to be ruthless and close the door.
Watch out for frustrations, unmet expectations, puzzling outcomes, challenging words and anything else that might cause you to steer away from the King’s way. May the Judas inside of us come to light in repentance and meet the gracious Saving King!
Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16 | Mark 14:1-2, 10-11 | Luke 22:1-6