Psalm 34:4 – Who Are You Seeking In Your Time of Fear?

Psalm 34:4 -I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

The psalmist in this text gives us his personal testimony that describes his divine deliverance from “fear” by God the Father in Heaven. He testifies and declares that He sought the Lord, the Lord heard him and delivered Him from all his fears. In other words, he called on the Lord and the Lord heard him.

Many people today and seeking the voice of many unnecessary,ungodly, unfruitful and unfaithful people in their time of fear and trouble.

God sends us a warning against seeking such people. Let’s listen to Psalm 1:1A- Blessed is the man that seeketh not counsel from the ungodly.

God Himself declares in Jeremiah 29:13 -You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Who are you seeking in the time of trouble and fear? We know that God’s Word declares in 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Fear can only be taken away through trusting and believing God. Who knows us better than Him. Scripture declares in Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;[a] We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Who are you seeking? Who’s name are you calling on? Is it the Lord? Who is hearing you? Who has delivered you? Is the Lord?

Why seek another? God is all we need! He created us, He knows all about us and our situations. Who is better able to help us than God? No one! Seek Him and you shall find Him on today!

God promises that if we call upon Him he will hear and answer our prayers. Reminder:not in our time, but in His. 1 Johh 5:14 – And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will he hears us.

Psalm 34:15 – The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.

1 Peter 3:12 – The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”

Knowing that the eyes of the Lord is upon the righteous and that His ears are attentive to our cries, whom do you seek?

Because of what the Lord has done, is able to do and willing to do for all of us in hearing and delivering us in our time of fear, trouble and need when we seek Him, we “MUST” and “SHOULD” exalt His name.

Who are you seeking in your time of fear? Do you have the same testimony as the Psalmist in this text? have you seeked the Lord? Can you declare on this morning that He has heard and answer your cry unto Him? If you seek Him daily, I am sure this too is your testimony.

Who are you seeking? I pray it is God and God alone.

God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for being a very present help in the time of trouble. Psalm 46:1.

I love you all with the love of Christ.

Debra

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John 16:33 – Trouble, Pain and Suffering Is All Around Us

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John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Throughout the bible, we find trouble, pain and suffering in the lives of many of God’s people. Job, David, Joseph, Jeremiah, Daniel, Paul and Jesus, our Savior. The same is common today. As people of God, we are not exempt from trouble, test, trials and the fires of life.

In this life we will be test by the fire, but Jesus says for us “to be of good courage.”

The good news about trouble, pain and suffering is the fact that God is with us, we do not encounter them unknowingly and they do not last forever. Only for a season!

God warns us in His Word of the things to come in John 16:33 when He said “in this life, there will be trouble”!

Of course, none of us wants trouble, nor to suffer, but guess what? It is a part of life here on earth!

People can debate any scripture in the bible, but the verses of this text is one that would not be debated, but agreed upon. We all will suffer! Rich and poor alike! Trouble, pain and suffering is no respecter of person. Trouble finds it way to all of our front doors. If it has not had it’s opportunity at your house yet, “KEEP LIVING”! Trouble will come knocking!

Proverbs 4:7 – Wisdom is supreme–so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.

In these troubled days that will definitely come, they will be full of pain and sorrow. Therefore, we must gird our loins with the Gospel truth so that we may be able to stand against the evil and wiles of satan. The Word of God is what give us the power and assurance that we can and must trust God! We can not trust our eyes, our thoughts, our money, out titles, our status in the world, our ways of doing things, nor anyone or anything else. We MUST trust God! In the time of trouble, pain and suffering, we mus turn to God for the help we will need in dealing with the severity of life’s situations that are and will be beyond our ability to solve them.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths

Now is the time to turn to God! Now is the time of Salvation!Now is the time to cry out in surrender to Him!

As much as much as we might desire a trouble-free life, it ain’t gonna happen on this side of earth. Life is fleeting and full of trouble, and we are frail. Our days are short and our sufferings are many.

In my 55 years of life, I need no more convincing of the fact that life is full of trouble and filled with swift transition. I am also convinced that even in the troubles of life, God is with me. He has proven it over and over again! Job 14:1 – Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

Regardless of where we may find ourselves on this morning, be it in trouble, just coming out of trouble or entering trouble. God is gonna work it for our good according to Romans 8:28. One thing we must not do is let trouble make us bitter, but better!

Half of the battle is over! Jesus already told us that we will have trouble. Nor what we have to do is prepare for it! Seek God for direction! Seek Him while He may be found!

Preparation starts with Jesus alone, for He declares in John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Trouble, suffering, pain, test and trials will come. My question to you on this morning is “will you be ready”? “Are you ready”?

If your house is built on the sands of life, it will not be able to weather the storms of life.

Even in the midst of trouble, life can still be a beautiful thing.Time and life has taught me that bad things and heartache can be present in your life, but the beauty of “Jesus” can still shine in and through you. I believe that it is troubled times of life when Jesus shines the most in and through us. Not on the mountain top experiences, but in our valley experiences!

I believe that who we are and whose we are in the troubles of life are more important than our trouble. If God does not take us out, He will do what He did with the 3 Hebrew boys and get in the fire with us! He said He will never leave us nor forsake, but that He will be with us always, even unto the end. If God be for us, who could be against us? Greater is He that is in us, then he that is in the world!

Make Jesus your choice on today! He will not always take you out of the trouble, but he promises to take you “through” them.

Do tell the Lord thank you for being a shelter in the time of storm. Thank Him for He is indeed who Psalms 46:1 declares Him to be:Our refuge, strength and our very present help in trouble.

I love you all with the love of Christ!

Debra

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JOHN 10:1-9 – THE STONE HAS BEEN ROLLED AWAY!HE IS RISEN! MY JESUS IS ALIVE!

JOHN 10:1-9 – THE STONE HAS BEEN ROLLED AWAY!!!!!HE IS RISEN!!!!!!!!!! MY JESUS IS ALIVE!!!!!!!!!

MY REDEEMER LIVES!

JOHN 10:1-9 – Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.

6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.

8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

1 CORINTHIANS 15: 3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures

1 CORINTHIANS 15:12 – 17 – Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13-But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

14-And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15- Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16- For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17- And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

ROMANS 7:4-6 -So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh,[a] the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

JESUS PAID THE PRICE!!! HE HAS SET THE CAPTIVES FREE!!!!

I Am FREE! FREE TO PRAISE, FREE TO SERVE! FREE TO TRUST AND BELIEVE IN THE RISEN CHRIST!! I AM FREE BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST !!!!

GOD BLESS AND DO TELL THE LORD THANK YOU FOR “HE-JESUS” IS RISEN!! HE IS ALIVE!!! MY JESUS IS ALIVE!!!!

I LOVE YOU ALL WITH THE LOVE OF CHRIST!

DEBRA

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Matthew 27: 3-8 -After Betraying Jesus Judas Hung Himself

Matthew 27:3-8 – 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. 7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. 8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

Judas was guilty of “TREASON”! Webster defines “treason” as an act of deliberate betrayal. A betrayal of trust or confidence; breach of trust, especially treachery or treason. An act of cooperating with one’s enemy.

Let’s look at the treason itself! Judas was one of the 12 Disciples that Christ chose. In other words, He was Christ’s servant. Judas was one Jesus trusted, even though Jesus knew he would one day betray Him. When Jesus choose His Disciples, He said ” I have chosen you 12 and one of you is a devil”! Jesus knew Judas’ heart, yet He trusted Him to be one of His Disciples. Judas followed Christ for 3 years. He partake in all the good of His Master. He was taught about the ways of the kingdom of God, he was equipped by Jesus for ministry just like the other 11 disciples. He was one that daily break bread with Jesus. He saw Jesus perform one miracle after another. He saw Jesus made one provision after another for them also as His disciples, but yet he betrayed Him!

Even with the knowledge of Judas betrayal of Him, Jesus still loved Judas. Despite the unanswered questions, the truth still stands: Judas’ betrayal of Jesus fulfilled the prophetic message that David had written more than 1,000 years before in Psalm 41:9 – Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.

New Testament Prophecy: Matthew 26:23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.Luke 22:21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.

According to the account in the Gospel of John, Judas carried the disciples’ money bag. He betrayed Jesus for a bribe of “thirty pieces of silver” by identifying him with a kiss — “the kiss of Judas” — to the arresting soldiers of the High Priest Caiaphas, who then turned Jesus over to Pontius Pilate.

Look where greed lead Judas! Betrayal of His Master, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Betrayal is not uncommon. Saul betrayed David, Joseph brothers betrayed him, and Judas betrayed Jesus! Who has betrayed you?

Oh, the consequences and torment of betrayal! Judas was unable to deal with the guilt and shame of betraying Jesus, therefore, he took his own life by hanging himself.

The guilt and shame of betrayal will never leave us if we die apart from Christ. It will remain with us throughout eternity in everlasting torment.

What will you do with Jesus on today? Deny Him and betray Him or “Believe on Him”, “Trust Him” and Receive Him by faith? What is your choice? I pray it is the latter.

God bless and do tell the Lord thank you!

I love you all with the love of Christ!

Debra

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JOHN 19: 17- 42 The Crucifixion, Death & Burial Of Jesus

John 19:17-42 – So they took Jesus away. 17 Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). 18 There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19 And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth,[d] the King of the Jews.” 20 The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it.

21 Then the leading priests objected and said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22 Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.”

23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice[e] for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.”[f] So that is what they did.

25 Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

THE DEATH OF JESUS
28 Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.”[g] 29 A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. 30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.

31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. 33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. 34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. 35 (This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also can believe.[h]) 36 These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,”[i] 37 and “They will look on the one they pierced.”[j]

JESUS 7 LAST WORDS
Luke 23:34 – Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” OH WHAT A PRAYER OF FORGIVENESS THIS IS THAT JESUS OFFERS UP FOR ALL OF US!

Luke 23:43 – “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” OH WHAT A PROMISE TO THEM THAT WOULD ONLY BELIEVE IN GOD’S ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.

John 19:26-27 “Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son”. Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.” OH WHAT A PROMISE TO CARE FOR US EVEN HERE ON EARTH!

Mark 15:34 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[a]

John 19:28 – “I thirst”. OH, IF WE COULD ONLY HUNGER AND THIRST FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, WE SHALL BE FILLED.

John 19:30 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Luke 223:46 – Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[a] When he had said this, he breathed his last OH, IF WE COULD COMMIT OUR WILL TO THE FATHER, WE TOO WOULD BE ABLE TO SAY “FATHER, NOT MY WILL, BUT THY WILL IN MY LIFE”!

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THE BURIAL OF JESUS!
38 Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. 39 With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds[k] of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. 40 Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth. 41 The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. 42 And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover[l] and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
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Some of the Jewish leaders hated Jesus because He condemned their sins. They did not want to believe the truth He preached, as He urged them to repent and turn back to God. They became jealous of the great crowds that not only followed Him,but believed in Him. They knew the miracles He performed was proof that He was indeed who He said he was, but out of jealousy, they decided to kill Him.

Jesus final words expressed his complete surrender to the will of God as He said, “It is finished; Father into Thy hands I commend my spirit”. He then bowed His head and died.

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THERE IS A SONG THAT IS SUNG BY SHEKINAH GLORY MINISTRIES THAT SAYS “JUST FOR ME”!

What kind of love would bear my sins? Redeem my soul from all of them. To call an enemy a friend This love I cannot comprehend. Jesus did it all for me Yes, He’s the one of whom I speak His, sacrifice was oh, so great His mission was to save.

(CHORUS) He died on Calvary (Just for me) Yes, He took my penalty (He did it all for me, me). He rose again with power. He’s alive this very hour He’s coming back to reign upon His throne.

(VERSE 2) Listen to the Master’s call Come to Him & give your all. No matter what you may have done, Forgiveness is for everyone. In Jesus Christ you can be free And live with Him eternally.

(CHORUS) Just for me Just for me Just for me He did it all for me, me
Just for me Just for me Just for me He did it all for me, me
Just for me Just for me. He rose again with power He’s alive this very hour. He’s coming back to reign upon His throne.

GOD BLESS AND TELL THE LORD THANK YOU FOR JESUS’ BLOOD THAT WAS SHED FOR THE REMISSION OF OUR SINS.

I love you all with the Love of Christ.

Debra

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The Plot Against Jesus, The Arrest Of Jesus And Jesus Death Sentence Handed Down

PLOT TO KILL JESUS IS MANIFESTED:Matthew 26:14-16
Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Judas, consumed with greed and love of money, goes to the chief priests and makes a deal with them in exchange for Jesus. Judas agreed to betray our Lord and Savior for 30 pieces of silver, which was the price of a slave during that day.

JESUS IS ARRESTED: Mark 14:43-51
43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.

51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

JESUS IS FALSELY ACCUSED AND SENTENCED TO DEATH: Matthew 26:56-68
57 Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. 58 But Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the [a]officers to see the outcome.

59 Now the chief priests and the whole [b]Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death. 60 They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward, 61 and said, “This man stated, ‘I am able to destroy the [c]temple of God and to rebuild it [d]in three days.’” 62 The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?” 63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, “I [e]adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are [f]the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus *said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, [g]hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

65 Then the high priest tore his [h]robes and said, “He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy; 66 what do you think?” They answered, “He deserves death!”

67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others [i]slapped Him, 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, You [j]Christ; who is the one who hit You?”

After Judas betrayed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, the mob took Jesus to the house of Caiaphas the high priest. The high priest, all the chief priests, the elders and the scribes were waiting at the high priest’s house. This was an informal late-night meeting of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council. They had come together to put Jesus on an unfair, makeshift trial.

The religious leaders were looking for evidence that would justify putting Jesus to death, but they could not find one. They called many witnesses against Jesus, but the witnesses did not agree with each other.

Finally, the high priest questioned Jesus with these words, “Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus replied, “I am, and you will see me, the Son of Man, sitting at God’s right hand and coming back on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest, in anger and rage says to his inner circle, “You have just heard His blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? What is your verdict?” They all shouted, “He deserves death!” Then they spat in Jesus’ face and started beating Him.

Please meditate on these scriptures day and night. Look at what Christ went through just to save you and I. Meditate on How He was whipped, beaten and suffered just for you and I to have eternal life with the Father.

Jesus had His eyes set on Calvary just for you and me. Dying on Calvary cross was Jesus’ destiny. Jesus’ death was a part of God’s plan for our salvation. Jesus did not resist the chief priest’s mob who came to arrest Him and He refused to defend Himself before Pilate.

Those that were responsible for the plot, the false charges, the death sentence and the mock trial did not know it, but they were fulfilling the will of God and prophecy.

God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for Jesus who’s life was not taken, but freely given so that you and I may live. John 10:18 – o one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”

I love you all with the love of Christ.

Debra

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John 13:18-30 Jesus Predicts His Betrayal By Judas

18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned[a] against me.’[b] 19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”

21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” 22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 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.

Jesus had spent 3 years with the disciples that He not only chose but loved. He had spent days and nights with them on land and sea, teaching them the things of God and the ways of God. Preparing them for the journey ahead as Disciples who will definitely experience persecution and possibly death. These Disciples have seen Jesus perform one miracle after another. They saw Him give sight to the blind, raise the dead, heal the sick , calm the raging sea, fed the multitude, cast out demons, and on and on for 3 years, teaching and training them to be His disciples.

After 3 years of intense training and now at the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus now informs His disciples that He will be betrayed by one of them who sits at meat with Him at this last supper. Not only does He inform them of the betrayal, He also let’s them know that He knows the one that will do it. For He says to Judas, the one He knows that will be tray Him, “What you are about to do, do quickly”.

Having been aware of His betrayer, even when He chose him as one of His 12 disciples, Jesus still loved Judas. Jesus also taught Judas along with the other disciples the ways of the kingdom and He still broke bread with Him.

With foreknowledge of all that was going to happen to Him, Jesus chose not to alter God’s plan. But instead, He said “Father, not my will, thy will be done”.

Immediately following the last supper, Judas, His betrayer, gets up and leave the table that night. Judas set out on his mission to betray Jesus. Satan had entered Judas heart and He was ready to fulfill satan’s plan for His life in betraying Jesus.

Have you betrayed or accepted Jesus? Where do you stand on this morning? You have heard the Gospel and you have seen one miracle after another performed in your life. Are you convinced? Or, are you deceived? Where do you stand concerning Jesus on today?

Jesus declares these words in Luke 11:23 – Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.

Jesus predicts His betrayal. Are you the one to betray Him?

God bless. I love you all with the love of Christ.

Debra

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