Audio Reflection with Jon Berry:
Yesterday we looked at how actions speak louder than words. After praying did you feel confident in backing up your words with action? Did you feel you were able to be more Christ like in your actions and reactions? Either way, keep praying that He continues to support you.
Mark 14 43-50
43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.
44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.
What a let down
I remember all too clearly in May 2009 the major tragedy that struck. After a horrendous season, Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League after 16 consecutive seasons in the top flight. We had once again put our trust in Kevin Keegan to make us a great club again, but the ‘return of the Messiah’ was a false dawn and before Christmas he has resigned and left us, and the wheels well and truly came off our season. There were real fears that Newcastle’s best players would trigger a mass exodus from the club and leave the club rooted in the Championship for years to come.
Fortunately, by the start of the season very few players had left, and Newcastle looked like a team capable of bouncing back up at the first attempt. We played our first game against West Brom and drew 1-1. One of our Talisman, Damian Duff, was interviewed after the game and said, “I am committed to bringing Newcastle back up to the Premier league where they belong.” I was really pleased, as he was a favourite player of mine. Less than a week later, he signed for Fulham (who were in the Premier League). I was so disappointed. I felt like he had betrayed us. Not only had he not walked the talk he had left us for a Premier League club.
Okay, that’s not a very personal example, but in life we are constantly being let down by people. Whether it is at work, home, friends, family… anyone. Sometimes it’s hard to trust people as a result. In Jesus we find a man betrayed to death, and yet He doesn’t curse or get angry he accepts the situation and goes quietly with integrity, even though he was abandoned.
Has anyone ever let you down? Do you feel betrayed in anyway by someone who you trusted? Or have you been in a situation where you have let someone down? Today I encourage you to take it to God and ask His forgiveness. Ask Him to help you forgive those who let you down. If you can’t think of a time where you have let someone down or been let down, then ask God to help you be faithful to those you love.
I am sorry for the times that I have let people down and failed to do what I said I would. Please forgive me. Please help me to forgive those who have hurt me and betrayed my trust. Please continue to support me, helping me to be faithful to my loved ones, and also not to let You down.
In Jesus name I pray