Thursday, February 27, 2020

Thursday - Mark 14 - A Convenient Betrayal

E should always be amazed that Jesus is willing to be our friend and companion. It's one thing for us to worship Him, it's quite another to be allowed to fellowship with Him; to commune with the Almighty. Because I'm so astounded by the reality of Christ's condescension, at first, I entitled this meditation, "Communion with Peter and Other Sinners." We might balk at God's willingness to commiserate with the likes of Peter, but how about His willingness to do the same with us? Sure, Peter seems to have been annoyingly brash and vocal (and we all know of his denial of Christ), but really, are we any better?  In fact, without God's grace it would be more accurate to line us up beside Judas Iscariot instead of merely comparing ourselves to Simon Peter.

In Peter's situation, in Judas' case, and in our own circumstances, one of the biggest problems that we have is our affinity for what is convenient. In Mark 14:11 we read that Judas "sought how he might conveniently betray Christ." That word convenient is a doozy.  It's a medium sized word wearing a sophisticated looking suit, but it simply means "easy."  If standing firm and professing Christ had been easy, surely Peter wouldn't have denied Him. And, it was an easy route for which Judas sought when He exchanged his Master for 30 pieces of silver. In his sin he was looking for an easy way; a path that was agreeable to him and to his agenda. In Mark 14:1 we find that the chief priests were looking for an easy way to get rid of Jesus. They were frustrated in their sin only by the fact that there was some inconvenience in it (vs. 2). How pitiful. How tragic!

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