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May 14 Devotion

Today we will look at Luke 22:39-53
 

22:39 Then Jesus went out and made his way, as he customarily did, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.  40When he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”  41He went away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed,  42“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours be done.” 43Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.  44And in his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.  45When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, exhausted from grief.  46So he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation!” 

47While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd appeared, and the man named Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He walked up to Jesus to kiss him.  48But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”  49When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should we use our swords?” 50Then one of them struck the high priest’s slave, cutting off his right ear.  51But Jesus said, “Enough of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.  52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come out to get him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs like you would against an outlaw?  53Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts, you did not arrest me. But this is your hour, and that of the power of darkness!” 

“Day after day when I was with you in the courts, you did not arrest me.” 

We know whom we don’t get along with, but we feel insecure and so we do not approach the person directly.  Instead we talk behind their back and gather support from friendly ears and then, when we thing we have enough support we attack, preferably letting a different member of the team we have assembled do the dirty work.  We do it all the time.  The chief priests didn’t feel up to the task and so they did it secretly.  They had no real strength of argument for a public trial, so they gathered in the night and approached him while he was out of the public eye.  They knew they were wrong in the way they were acting because the trial and how it took place was all against their own law.  

When we feel guilty about the way we are behaving, it is natural to hide our actions away.  When we don’t really want to change, we try to gather sympathy or support, so we can feel a bit more justified in what we are doing.  It does us no good.  It heals no broken relationships and it hurts those around us.

If we have a disagreement with someone and feel insecure about approaching them, then perhaps it is an invitation to understand the issue on a deeper level.  We may discover that we are wrong or that we are right and now have the understanding we need to approach the person directly with love and understanding.  Far more effective at bringing about a healthy change and a real opportunity to heal strained or broken relationships.

Pastor Mac