March 7, 2018 – Surely Not I? – Pr. Sonny Shimaoka
While they were reclining at the table eating He said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me – one who is eating with me.” They were saddened, and one by one they said to Him, “Surely not I?” – Mark 14:18-19 (NIV)
What boggles my mind is that Jesus was probably looking right at Judas when he was making the statement of betrayal. I wonder if Judas was looking at Jesus, eye to eye. I also thought about how his “surely not I” sounded. Was there a crack in his voice? I know that Judas had already made up his mind but talk about cold blooded hypocrisy! How could he even eat his meal?
I guess it’s easy for many including myself to get judgmental towards Judas. But, I have to remember that I do the same thing when I make commitments to the Lord that I don’t keep. I can’t even count how many times I have “betrayed” Him by the way I have lived my life or the things I have said that were out of character. I’m learning to minimize these incidents in my life by adhering to these reminders…
1. When I disobey one of His commandments, I deny His love for me.
2. When I am faithless in a circumstance, I show a lack of trust in Him.
3. When I forget that He is God and all powerful, I reject His authority.
I must make sure that my words and my actions match up and that these words will never apply to me…Surely not I??
Father God, I thank You for sending Jesus to be my Savior and Lord. Holy Spirit I continue to look to You for help and guidance. Keep my mind and my heart in unity with Your call on my life. In Jesus Name…