A small flame

A small flame

Gethsemane Improves the Visibility of Things Unseen

27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told him, "What you are about to do, do quickly." 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night. John 13:27-30

"If you had a friend who was about to betray you, would you say to him , "What you are doing, do quickly," or would you cry out, "Stop that man any way you can" ?

Jesus . . . was able to see the big purposes of God in the seemingly little things that were occurring. He knew it was God's will for him to die. During the last, few fleeting hours of his life, he could see that what Judas was doing was part of an unfolding, cosmic drama.

Herein lies the greatness of Jesus. He put the little pieces of life together as if he were assembling the flagstone walkway down which he would shortly walk. Stone by stone, he laid his own way into the center of the will of God.

So this is why he did not say, "Stop that man; he's going to betray me!" He saw that Judas' treachery, while not admirable, was just another stone in the pavement. . . Nothing mattered to Jesus, but the pleasure of his Father.

. . . How are you at assembling little things? How are you at taking betrayals and great hurts and seeing the purposes of God in them? You will be like Jesus when you are willing to assemble your own pilgrimage from the flagstones of your pain.

Lord, I believe that all things really are working together for good to those who love you . . . When I must endure betrayal in order to be true to your calling, may I do it with an eye turned away from my own comfort and self-esteem - with an eye turned only toward the goal of eternity." -
from The Christ of Easter by Calvin Miller

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing. One of the girls in my Bible Study shared similar thoughts tonight. We have such an awesome God!