The book of Zechariah was much on Jesus’ mind at this crucial time. Jesus based His actions and understanding on the veracity and reliability of the Old Testament. What speaks to your heart and mind in this passage?
* Dear God, You are all that is good in us, Your Spirit making us more and more like Jesus each day – Please teach us today from Your word.
“Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
Sorrow upon sorrow.
One character with hope, the other without.
Peter was to deny Jesus, despite his protestations – And Jesus knew this.
Judas had already betrayed Jesus – An act that Jesus had foretold.
Peter was like us, weak flesh, who entered into temptation.
Judas was like us, weak flesh, who entered into temptation.
So. What was the difference?
In that strange and wonderful mystery of God’s providence, Jesus’ death paid the penalty for Peter’s sin, but Judas died outside the camp away from the saving work of the Son of God.
As with Peter, so with us – We have hope that though we are broken, even though we might have chosen to do the most terrible of deeds – Our hope is not in us, our hope is in Jesus!
* Gracious God,
Thank You for saving us. You chose us before we were born, even before the world was made!
Thank You for Jesus, our Saviour, our Redeemer who lives and who will at last stand upon the earth.
Thank You that after our skin has been destroyed, yet in our flesh we will see You.
Come Lord Jesus, come!