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    Betrayed By A Friend

    April 1, 2020 Tom Linderman
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    Journey to the Cross - Day 8

    Luke 22:1-6 (ESV) 1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people. 3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.


    You may have heard the phrase “timing is everything.” Perhaps you were once in just the right place at the right time and something worked out just right. Mysteries like this can happen without us ever being able to see it was God at work in the background. It wasn’t “chance timing”, it was God’s timing.

    Today we read of men plotting against Jesus. Judas and the Jewish leaders joined together in an opportunity at just the right time. Their secret plans would soon be enacted, and indeed their apparent timing would change the world. They thought their betrayal of Jesus could be done “in the absence of a crowd.” Little did they know, God was at work behind the scene and the whole world would soon find out that Jesus, the Messiah, the Lamb of God would die on Passover night!

    God is always aware of our plans. He can even accomplish His will through the plans of evil men. We can see this in the life of Joseph in Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
    Even the betrayal of a friend can bring God’s provision for our future. God brought salvation to the world even though evil thought it had seized the moment.

    May we grow in confidence that God is always at work in any background.

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