Matthew 26:14-30

Matthew 26:14-30

Jesus has a plan. We don't always understand that plan, we don't always agree with that plan, and sometimes we even...resent Jesus for what He's doing in our lives because we don't like it... But it doesn't stop Him from loving you. It doesn't stop Him from still desiring...fellowship and relationship with you.What does Jesus recognize in you? When you approach God, what does Jesus see in you? I fear, all too often, I go to God with wrong motives. I throw up the, “Okay, God, I’ll do this for You if You’ll do that for me,” and we bargain with God. How many times have you seen the person who’s desperate, “Oh, God! I’ll never do this again, if You’ll only get me out of trouble.” Hogwash. You know what? If it was in your heart to not do that, you wouldn’t have done it, and chances are, by pleading with God and bargaining with God, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to do it again. What is it inside of you that you’re offering to God? You know what I believe that Jesus wants to hear from us more that anything, especially when we blow it? I’m sorry. I’ve sinned against you. Please forgive me. That holds more value to Jesus than hearing us say, “I’ll never do it again,” because He already knows our hearts; if we will or won’t do it again. But that’s beside the point. Jesus shed His blood which holds more value than the most costly diamond you could find on the face of this planet, because it is that blood that cleanses us and brings us to a place of relationship for eternity with His Father. He was willing to sacrifice all that He had, even the blood inside of Him, that we might be saved. And so, what’s valuable to Him is when we receive that gift, and we see it as valuable, and we understand what it was meant for, and we say, “I’m sorry. Forgive me. I’m not going to bargain with You. I have nothing to bargain with. I have nothing of value that I can buy my way out of this mess…but forgive me…”

What are some of the things that God does in, around, and through your life that irritates you, that makes you indignant? “Oh, nothing, of course! Not me. I’m never indignant that God would use me in this way… Why in the world would He challenge me this way?…” When you look in your own life, and some of the things that you perceive that God has done that seems unfair, that you don’t understand, it’s easy to become indignant, and then harbor feelings of betrayal. Judas acted on his feelings…

You know, we betray Jesus in so many ways. It doesn’t happen with just selling Him out. Sometimes it happens in walking away from Him; doing things our way; deciding to run ahead of Him; questioning Him in ways that we tell Him we know He doesn’t understand but we sure do; and we’re going to have things our way… The fact is, we’re all going to betray Him. In one way or another, we’re going to betray Him…

Jesus has a plan. We don’t always understand that plan, we don’t always agree with that plan, and sometimes we even bring ourselves to the place of resenting Jesus for what He’s doing in our lives because we don’t like it. We don’t understand it. But it doesn’t stop Him from loving you. It doesn’t stop Him from still desiring to enter into fellowship and relationship with you. His body was still broken, and His blood was still shed…

Jesus was not willing to hold anyone away, to chase anyone away, but He was willing for us to choose to walk away. He’s a God that gives us choice. He’s a God that cares about the choices that we make, and He has made provision even when we make the wrong choice. Even when we, in indignance, in anger, betray Him… That’s who we are. He’s looked into our hearts, and He’s making the statement, “You will betray me, but don’t worry. My body has been broken and my blood is shed.” As we embrace the new covenant, as we understand what that new covenant means, we are healed inside. And even though we may betray Him by sinning against Him, He loves and forgives us and brings us back into relationship.

Pastor Dave Elkins