Life presents us with many opportunities. How we respond to them depends on what we love and what we look for in life. The Jewish leaders looked for opportunity to destroy Jesus. While at the same time Jesus was anticipating the opportunity to obey his father and bring him glory. Mary used the opportunity she had for expressing her devotion to Christ. But Judas used that same opportunity to criticize her. The nothing given in love to Jesus is ever wasted. Judas was the one who ended up wasting his entire life.
Jesus eagerly anticipated the opportunity to be with his disciples. Even though he knew one would betray him, one would deny him, and all would forsake him. He sought to help them and prepare them for the trial before them. Peter missed his opportunities to become strong and be a victor. He boasted when he should have listened. He slept when he should have prayed. He fought when he should have surrendered and followed when he should have fled for safety. But when the opportunity came for him to repent, he wept. No matter what others did, Jesus was in complete command and knew how to make the most of every opportunity. Not as I will, but as you will. That’s the secret. God will give you many opportunities today. Use them wisely.
Love the LORD, all his faithful people. The LORD protects the faithful, but punishes the proud as they deserve. Be strong, be courageous, all you that hope in the LORD. ~ Psalms 31:23-24
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New Testament: Matthew 26:14-46
Judas to Betray Jesus
The Passover with the Disciples
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
We often praise Jesus for His power and provision but not as often for His willingness to become human and experience pain, temptation, and betrayal. He felt heartache like us. Watch todayʼs video to see how Lizzie Morgan became more patient with her shortcomings when she remembered that Jesus was God, the Provider and also the man who wept.