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Mar 11, 2018 | Jeff Williamson

Towards the Cross

Luke 22
When He reached the place,  He told them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation." 
Luke 22:40

There comes a time in the life of all Christians when they must also choose between God's will and their own, and that choice, like Jesus' choice, displays the level of commitment and obedience to God, as well as the true condition of the heart. Even though Jesus was aware of the fate He was about to face when He prayed on the Mount of Olives for God to alter the events, His prayer was that the Father's will be done regardless of what the future held for Him. 

but Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" Luke 22:48

Judas not only became one of the most despised characters in history when he betrayed Jesus; he also became a haunting reminder to every Christian that there have been times they have fallen to temptation to sin.

For the Christian, stumbling in sin is like betraying the One who gave His life for us. How much greater is that betrayal when the sin is a chosen behavior, deliberately turning away from spiritual conviction
They all asked, "Are You, then, the Son of God?" 
And He said to them, "You say that I am."
"Why do we need any more testimony," they said, "since we've heard it ourselves from His mouth?" Luke 22:70-71

Admitting turned to condemning.  Even in this moment Christ was fulfilling His role. He had made divine claims for himself, He had put himself on equality with God, and had accepted the title "Son of God" from the Psalms. Jesus was given no opportunity to defend himself. No witnesses were called. Jesus was allowed to condemn himself on their interpretation of what He meant by an ambiguous statement.

On The Road, To The Wondrous Cross. Take the time this Easter Season to focus on the sacrifice.  
Pastor Jeff

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