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March Madness!

March 9, 2010

I love March Madness!  It’s the time of the year that college basketball goes into tournament play.  Week by week, the games get more intense and exciting!  Games are won or lost in seconds!  There are barn burners and buzzer beaters! There is the “thrill of victory” and the “agony of defeat”!   It is just a very intense few weeks for those who love the game of basketball!

Sometimes, I think that the last few weeks in the life of Christ leading up to His death is like the original March Madness!  It was a very intense could of weeks! There were moments when the ultimate game between God and Satan swung both ways.   It started with some pretty intense moments in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus prayed and then was betrayed by Judas and arrested!

I don’t know how many of you have been betrayed!  I would imagine most of us have felt the “sting” of betrayal!  It’s never a good feeling!  What makes it particularly painful is that it most always comes from people we love and trust!  Max Lucado writes: “Betrayal is a weapon found only in the hands of one you love your enemy has no such tool, for only a friend can betray. Betrayal is mutiny. It’s a violation of a trust, an inside job.”  Lucado goes on to say:

“It’s more than rejection. Rejection opens a wound, betrayal pours the salt.  It’s more than loneliness, Loneliness leaves you in the cold, betrayal closes the door.  It’s more than mockery. Mockery plunges the knife, betrayal twists it. It’s more than insult. An insult attacks your pride, betrayal breaks your heart.”

Today we associate the name, Judas with treachery. But it has not always been so. In fact the name, Judas, which means “the praise of God” was a popular name. That is until the name became associated with betrayal and treachery.   It is easy for us condemn the treachery of a man who would betray Jesus for money. But before we dismiss him as a man so far removed from ourselves that we need not even compare ourselves perhaps we should look a little closer. Can we honestly say that we have never sold Jesus out? When we have played dumb in the presence of non-believers or we joined in the laughter to avoid the ridicule of being associated with Christ, are we not selling out Christ for selfish gain?  I hope and pray that we would all be found be found faithful, but perhaps for those moments that we have sold out Jesus, I’m thankful for grace!

Robin

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March 9, 2010 - Posted by | Robin |

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