Our verse for today comes from John 13:21, ” When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, ‘Most assuredly I say to you, one of you will betray Me.’
We humans certainly have a lot to say, and we say it in a myriad of ways. As much as my words may express what I am thinking and feeling, I would offer that my actions, body language, and expressions say at least as much as do my words. On the night of our Lord’s last supper, much was said in that upper room. With His words, Jesus had reinforced the disciples’ faith and urged them to go and represent the One who would send them to the lost, the Master who would send His servant. And with His actions, He had exemplified the depths of humility to which He would stoop, and called His followers to join Him there. But now He was troubled. Troubled as King Herod was when he heard from the wise men that a king of the Jews had been born. Troubled like the disciples were when Jesus walked towards them on the waters of Galilee. Troubled like Zacharias was when as angel appeared to him as he served his priestly duties burning incense, presumably to strike him down as dead. But Jesus was not troubled as these were over things He had seen or heard. No, His burden was over things yet to come. And as much as He may have desired to wish it away, or longed to keep it from His beloved, He testified that one of them would betray Him. And though we know the story and have heard it a thousand times, it should trouble us, too.
But our distress should not be focused merely on the tragedy that Judas would bring about. Rather, our spirits must grasp the reality of the betrayal we commit when we sin against our blessed Savior. We must comprehend the ugliness we express when our redeemed souls turn against the very One who redeemed them and usurp His place on the throne. When we realize that any word, action, or expression that is against His holy nature is a betrayal of our Lord, then we will know the reality of a troubled spirit. And knowing, may we confess, repent, and be renewed in forgiveness to walk in His light.
As we seek Him today, let a troubled spirit lead you to peace and joy as you draw nearer to Christ.
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