About 8 years ago I did a sermon about Judas. In writing the sermon, my imagination was captured by the story- why he did it, what motivated him, what was he hoping would happen, how he may have felt after- I decided to give the sermon as Judas. It made a deep impact on me.
During Lent 2019, we are lingering in the final 36 hours of Jesus’ life- as told by Luke in chapters 22-23. This Sunday, we will again consider Judas. And I will most likely give the sermon as Judas… again.
I have enjoyed seeing how the story impacts me- 8 years later. And this Sunday I will pull in Peter’s betrayal as well. These guys ‘leave’ Jesus and betray him- one right after the other. They respond to their betrayal choices very differently.
For me, there is so much in these men that feels familiar and so much that I hope I would do differently if put in the same situation. And yet…
So again, thank you Jesus for the cross: for knowing what you knew- about Judas, about Peter, about me- and choosing it anyway.
Amazing Love! How can it be that Thou, My God(!) shouldst die for me?
See ya on Sunday.