Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?” He said to him, “You have said it.” Matthew 26:25
Whatever you are going through in life, He knows. He is there and He will help you. It is up to you to first surrender and ask. He is always ready to jump in, but He always waits for the invitation. He doesn’t force or push, He moves when He is invited. Maybe you call out to Him or maybe someone is calling to Him in your behalf, but make no mistake, He knows all about what you are going through. It’s not that He doesn’t care. On the contrary, He cares very much but He puts the choice in your hands of how much involvement He has in your life. You can include Him a little when things are really rough, or you can include Him a lot, on a daily even continual basis. The Lord Jesus is involved in your life to the degree that you want Him involved and that is good news.
It’s good news because He put you in charge of your relationship with Him. You are the one who decides what you get out of the relationship. If you ignore Him and only call on Him when you need something, that is what you will get out of it. If you spend time talking with Him and include Him in every area of your life, you will be able to walk in divine wisdom, divine protection and divine health. It’s true, and in today’s word, we see just how loving He is and His willingness to be ready to jump in when asked.
The reading starts out with Judas, after being offended at the rebuke Jesus gave over the women with the alabaster flask, going to the high priest and asking for payment to turn Jesus over to them. He could have been thinking that Jesus couldn’t be detained because He had never allowed it in the past. Maybe he wasn’t even thinking past the money, but that fact is he turned his loyalty over to the priest the minute he conspired with them.
Here’s the kicker! Jesus gives Judas an out. He confronts him face to face. He tells everyone at the Passover supper that one of them there was going to betray Him. None of them deny it, they actually believe what Jesus is saying. They ask who it is and when Judas asked, He plainly told him that he was the one. Judas then has a decision to make. Should he confess and ask forgiveness? Certainly, Jesus would have helped him out of the mess. Instead, Judas leaves and keeps his agreement with the priest. It is such a sad story, but notice Jesus doesn’t beg and plead with him not to do it. He made it clear that he had a choice when he said “ the Son of Man goes just as it is written of Him but woe to that one by who the Son of Man is betrayed.” Jesus had to go to the cross and He knew it, but He didn’t have to be betrayed by Judas. Even though there was a prophecy about it, I know He would have forgiven Him if he had surrendered. That is what He does. Love and forgives.
So what about you? What are you going through? Are you having a financial struggle like Judas was? Are you hurting in your family or marriage? Does it feel like your world is crashing down on you? You can run to Jesus today. Surrender it all to Him and He will help you through. I know it is true, because He has bailed me out many times. I call on Him, He answers me and I’m so glad that He does. Without Him, I would be in a terrible place in my life. Instead, I am beyond blessed and its because I let Him invade and lead in every part of my life. He will do the same for you! Trust Him today and turn over the problems you are going through and then commit to handling things His way. He will lead you out of that deep pit you are in and bring you to the victory that He died to get for you.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 26:14-25
14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
17 Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
18 And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.” ’ ”
19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
20 When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve.
21 Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”
22 And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”
23 He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me.
24 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
25 Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?” He said to him, “You have said it.”