A Right Response
While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.—Luke 22:47-51
There are two striking interactions in this scripture.
The first is the interaction of Judas. Judas intends to betray Jesus with a customary greeting—a kiss. And Jesus confronts Judas headlong and essentially calls out publicly what he has tried to conceal privately. This betrayal had to sting, even though Jesus knew it was coming. And if you have ever been betrayed by someone you've trusted, then you know how this feels. If not, imagine investing selflessly in someone for a couple of years and then being betrayed for personal gain. The pain feels like you just got the emotional wind knocked out of you.
The other interaction is the violent act of Peter, who cuts off the ear of the high priest’s servant. I think that most of us, if we are honest, find this action protective and thus admirable. While, in this case, we witness a loyal disciple who is willing to fight for his master; this act of aggression is not what was needed. And thus, Jesus responds not with hostility but with compassion, love, and healing. One again, Jesus performs an unexpected miracle in a rather tense moment to change the mood of a rather challenging moment.
We all experience days like this. Days filled with a mixture of emotions that demand a response. Sometimes our feelings carry us away, and we end up acting vengefully toward unsuspecting people. The pain that is buried deep inside tends to be directed at the wrong people the wrong way. Jesus shows us here that while the challenge presents itself, it is not impossible to hurdle. We need to keep our eyes fixed on the prize, the mission, and the end goal. We need to realize that along the way; we will encounter obstacles that will elicit some emotion. But don’t let your feelings detract you from the mission.
This week we are focusing on the discipline of accountability.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Pray: for 5-minutes, and ask forgiveness for wrong responses to your emotions and ask for God's guidance.
- Invite: a man for guidance on how to handle these emotional moments.
- Share: below one man who you need to ask for advice in the area of your emotions.
⚡Share That You Completed Today's Challenge