Daily Devotion on Wednesday of Holy Week
Text: Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16
How does the saying go? The best laid plans of mice and men…
They had their inside man in Judas, now it was just a matter of time. The only other obstacle that presented itself was the popularity of Jesus. They couldn’t do it in broad daylight when he was preaching one of his standing-room-only sermons. If they did it then he could easily stir up the crowd that was eating out of his hand to fight in his defense and then things would get ugly and the Romans would have to step in. They couldn’t do it during the Passover feast. That also would have been an unpopular move.
So the waiting game was on, sometime after the Passover Meal Judas would inform the chief priests and elders of Jesus’ private whereabouts so they could take him without the people knowing. The men would be armed and ready to crush any resistance put up by the eleven disciples that hadn’t betrayed Jesus. The plan was flawless. Jesus would never suspect one from his inner circle, he wouldn’t see this coming.
Is this really all there is to this story? Was Jesus unknowingly walking into a trap? Was there really nothing he could do about it?
By faith we know better than those naïve Jewish leaders. On Wednesday their plans were laid, on Thursday and Friday they were carried out without a hitch. By Saturday morning Jesus was dead and buried. They were finally free from this thorn in their side. Now it was only a matter of time before his followers dispersed and life in Israel went back to normal.
The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry… or as God said it, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
Oh the surprise that awaits those who plot against God! Oh the surprise that awaited the Jewish leaders on Sunday morning! An empty tomb and newly emboldened followers of Christianity was all the Jewish leaders had to show for their best laid plans. Confidence in death and eternity in heaven is what we have to show for Jesus’ best laid plan. It was the Lord’s plan from the beginning that in Jesus’ death we would find forgiveness!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we praise you that though this world, us included, has hated you, you have not given up on this world. You sent your Son and orchestrated all history so that by his perfect life and death our relationship to you could be restored. Help us to find confidence in the knowledge that you are in control of this world. Help us to turn to you in every trouble knowing that we already have heaven. In Jesus ‘name we boldly pray, Amen.
Posted on April 4, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged Betrayal, Church, Daily Devotions, Forgiveness, Holy Week, Jesus, Judas, Passion, Passover, Pharisees, School. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.