The Betrayal

Today's Bible reading: Matthew 26:1-16

Jesus enters Jerusalem … He receives this incredible reception from the people … but not everyone is pleased.  The rising popularity of the prophet from Nazareth causes the Jewish leaders to take final steps for His removal.  And they find a ready ally in Judas – a man marked by greed, by selfish ambition and by false political hopes.  Even in this small detail the prophecies of Zechariah - including the one we heard read as our Old Testament reading for this morning - came true.  God’s plan is being carried out through sinful human beings!

Prayer: Strengthen our faith, dear God, to focus on Christ's death and resurrection for us and not on distractions. Amen.