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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12/22/11 Advent 26- The Messiah Prophesied to be Betrayed

12/22- Day 26- Light four candles.
 The Messiah would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver- Ps. 41:9; Zech. 11:2; Mt. 10:4; 26:15

9 Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me (Psalm 41:9)

12 I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the LORD. (Zechariah 11:12-13)

15 and [Judas] asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:15)

I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me…Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “Yes it is you.” (Matthew 26:21,25)

 (Judas betrays Christ with a kiss)

Thoughts: Betrayal is a terrible act in life.  Dante had Brutus as well as Judas in the depths of hell because of their betrayal of someone who trusted them.  Judas betrayed Jesus with a sign of love- a kiss.  Jesus predicted the betrayal early on in his ministry, and predicted it through Judas at the table of the Last Supper.  The Bible says that Satan entered Judas when he went to the Pharisees agreeing to money (30 pieces of silver) to betray Jesus, and that Satan also entered him at the Last Supper.  Betrayal is ultimate evil.  The opposite is loyalty and faithfulness.  Let God find us faithful and loyal this Christmas.

Prayer: Help me to be loyal to you, O Lord.  Keep me from betrayal and shaming you by my actions or words.

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