From Daniel's Desk on 5/5/2020
My Title: He Alone Is Worthy
My Verse: 24-25
"24 And He said to them, 'This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many, 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
Jesus, who says He will be betrayed by one of the twelve is actually betrayed by all. Even me. - In verse 36 Jesus, while praying completely alone, cries out "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will. - It is His Father's will that He should pour out HIS innocent blood for the chief priests that, instead of purifying their hearts and lives for Passover are instead plotting murder. It is His Father's will that He should pour out HIS innocent blood for the friends that would all abandon, deny or outright betray Him. - He DOESN'T want to die... BUT He wants His Father's will even more so. He KNOWS that His Father's plan is better and bigger than the next terrible day to come. He is looking forward to the coming kingdom WHERE HE IS WORTHY TO REIGN because He purchased the new covenant with HIS OWN BLOOD.
Lord, when I face the stuff of today (good & bad) please help me to remember that it's tomorrow that I should be living for. To long for that day when I celebrate YOU DRINKING THE CUP IN CELEBRATION WITH ME AND ALL THOSE THAT YOU POURED OUT YOUR BLOOD FOR. The many.
How Will This Make You a Better Husband/Father/Man:
Thank you for your faithful and patient heart to allow my heart to wrestle with yours. I truly do want your will to be done. Forgive me for thinking my confusing role isn't big enough. Help me to remember to remove the selfishness that blocks my view of you. You are SO worthy of praise, my hearts full affection and my mind's full attention. I love you Father. Abba.
It is two days before Passover. The week before the Passover is the time that the Jews are supposed to be meticulously inspecting their lives, removing sin from every corner of their heart and home and the leaders are plotting to murder a man that has enraged them with His teaching.
A woman comes and breaks expensive oil and pours it on His head while He is reclining at a leper's home. Leprosy was a sin of sin to them.
As people criticize her for wasting what could have been sold for money and donated to the poor. Jesus defends her and commends her for anointing His body for burial... and also rewards her with her act being included in the gospel story. (This is bigger than you think. Think about this for a minute.)
Her acted seemed foolish to others.
She was criticized for her actions.
Her actions were caused out of love.
Jesus APPRECIATED her actions. Rewards her with being included whenever the gospel story is told!
Judas seeks to betray Jesus. The chief priests are glad.
Jesus does LIFE in the hand of God's provision. - They have a need, God has planned and shown Jesus what He has prepared and where to go. < Walk in STEP with the Holy Spirit.
Lord, your timing and your provision are perfect.
It would have been better for Judas to have never been born. - Lord. This is tragic. It confuses me, but then, how many of us will chose to die in our betrayal. Why do I pity Judas? I feel like he was set up as a patsy or something... but really if you read about him in other scripture he was always using the money purse as if it were his own. (John 12:6) Did Jesus hope that he would change his heart? Did ALL of the disciples have an equal opportunity to betray Jesus? - It would have been better for that person to not have been born. < That shakes me to core.
Jesus loved His disciples through ALL of their failures. Repeated failures. - He remained their shepherd.
Jesus prays and struggles to submit to His Father's will. (ABBA, FATHER, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR YOU. REMOVE THIS CUP FROM ME. YET NOT WHAT I WILL, BUT WHAT YOU WILL.) - Jesus. THANK YOU for this example. THANK YOU for this.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
Peter cuts off the high priests servants ear. I wonder if this changed his fate.
Peter is TRYING. He really is trying to be brave. He is really trying to be faithful. He really is trying not to be the guy Jesus told him he is. - He is trying to do it in his own might and in his own plan. He doesn't yet see Jesus' story OR WHO Jesus REALLY is. For this to happen, he's got to go through a transformation which includes seeing HIMSELF for who HE truly is.
Peter realizes his betrayal and breaks down and weeps.