Sitting quietly to reflect on one of the great and profound mysteries

Early this morning I read the 3 passages below through twice very slowly, trying to notice every word, every emotion. I tried to imagine the look on the face of Jesus and the look on the face of Judas. 

Then I sat for several minutes and looked at the texts, pondering the deep mystery of God’s sovereign plan, indeed the deep and profound mystery of His sovereign will.  After several minutes of silence I wrote in my journal:

* What is going on in these texts?

* What is God saying to me this morning?

*  How will I then go out and live?

… I let my pen flow freely for 20 minutes.  It was a sobering, powerful time.  Try it.

Isaiah 53:10

New International Version (NIV)
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
—–

Matthew 26:20-25

New International Version (NIV)

20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”
23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.”

—–

  
Matthew 27:1-10

New International Version (NIV)

Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

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