THEME: SON OF MAN
“He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.” Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?” He said to him, “You have said it.”
-Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve was tempted by the devil and he betrayed Jesus. The Bible records that the devil got into him and then he betrayed Jesus (Luke 22:3-4). Although we look at Judas and condemn him, this was part of his mission so that the Son of Man would be beaten and crucified for our sins. As we read the story of Judas, it is important to note that sometimes we too betray the Son of Man. One day in a dream, Jesus told me that you have betrayed me with a kiss, and I repented quickly with the thought of Judas in mind. When we commit willful sin, we betray the Son of Man with a kiss, and we are called to repentance. Hebrews 6:4-6 reveals to us that, “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.” Jesus reminds us to flee from the devil and he will flee from us. God gives us the grace to overcome temptations and avoid all occasions of sin and in that way; we flee from the devil and he flees from us. God is our Protector and Guide, He covers us with His hedge of fire and precious blood, and prospers us in all our ways. The Son of Man in this text is revealed as our Savior and Redeemer, for He forgives us all our sins when we come to Him in repentance.
How excellent is Your name Lord in all the earth. You are worthy Oh Lord to receive all glory, honor and power, for You were slain and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tongue, tribe, people and nation. Deliver us Lord from all unrighteousness and cover us with Your precious blood. You are our Savior and Redeemer Jesus, have mercy on us and on the whole world. For the many times we have betrayed You with a kiss Jesus, have mercy on us, forgive us all our trespasses and remember them no more. Create in me a clean heart oh Lord and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation and renew Your generous Spirit within me, and I will teach sinners Your ways, so that they may be converted to You. Our Father who at in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
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