July 2014

Remorse is Not Repentance

Judas having betrayed Jesus, experiences great remorse. But he does not repent. Unlike Peter, who betrayed Jesus as well, Judas' remorse leads him to despair and suicide. Whereas Peter's remorse led him to repentance and reconciliation with His Lord. Remorse without seeking forgiveness from Jesus is a self-inflicted agony that bears no good fruit.

Jesus on Trial

Upon being arrested, Jesus is put though a sham of a trial in which he allows himself to be falsely accused and convicted. But he proclaims to his accusers that there is coming a day in which the roles will be reversed. Jesus will sit in judgment over them, rather than being judged by them.

The Humility of Christ

There are no words to describe the chaotic heinousness of Jesus’ arrest and betrayal. It is in these deeply appalling moments we see the extraordinary humility of Christ. He could have stopped his arrest. He could have evaded this mob as he had done so many other times. But instead, He humbly allows himself to be taken captive so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.

A Suffering Savior

Perhaps nowhere else do we see the humanity of Christ as brilliantly as we do in this text. Jesus is enduring tremendous suffering and it is his obedience to the Father through suffering that secured our redemption. Individually, we all suffer, though vastly different than Christ's sufferings. Nevertheless, Jesus teaches us how to suffer for the glory of God.