Satan enters Judas on the day of the Passover meal, and it looks like Jesus’ ability to avoid death and conspiracy has come to an end. There is a traitor in the group. But certain details of Luke 22:1-13 show us that from God’s vantage point, things are going “exactly as he said.”
David encourages us to not be agitated or envious of those who seem to get away with wickedness and oppression in the world, because their day is coming. Evil has a shelf life. The righteous may go through hard times, but the Lord makes sure they are never abandoned, forgotten, or overlooked.
We all have a lens through which to process the things we read, watch, or click. When we see evil in the world, it can feel like we're staring at a mountain and holding a shovel. But God gave us the book of Psalms to help us process the things we see and experience.
If your team doesn't make the championship game, you might still watch, albeit with a large helping of "I don't really care" on your plate of nachos. Jesus lays it out pretty strongly that when it comes to him, we don't have the luxury of that option.
Jesus is about 30 years old, and ready to begin his ministry. The question is: Does he really know what he is here to do? Has he understood what his mission will be? The phrase "time will tell" isn't going to be helpful. Like a good teacher tests her pupils to learn what they know, Jesus gets a test to see what he knows about the mission.
As the story of Esther comes to a close, it leaves us with a celebration and a choice to make.
Sometimes it appears that evil gets to have a field day, while those who are trying to do what's right get trampled. Is it worth the effort to be a Christian?
Jesus sat down with his disciples and took the time to help them understand what prayer is and isn't, and what God is looking for. Hint: It's keeping the big picture in mind as you pray.