Corona Virus Day 3 Devotion

Coronavirus – Day Three – Devotion
Stay Calm…Wash Your Hands…Practice Six Feet of Social Distancing…Pray

“When we get back into the sanctuary, no matter when that will be, THAT is Easter. Imagine the hugs. Imagine the tears. Imagine how loud we will sing the doxology. Imagine when we say, “We got through this together.”
Reverend Jes Kent

Matthew 26:14-16
They paid (Judas) thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
(verse 15b-16)

Thirty pieces of silver. That’s all it took. We don’t know if the money motivated Judas to turn on Jesus but he took those coins and immediately began to look for an opportunity to betray the Son of God. Judas sold his soul for a bit of silver. We read about Judas’ treason and we know the regret that will consume him once the deed has come to pass and we cannot imagine ourselves doing likewise.

No, we cannot imagine ourselves as Judas, but during this Lenten season should we not examine how we sometimes get so caught up in consumerism, the accumulation of wealth, and other idolatries
that we forget to invest in those things that the Bible tells us moth cannot destroy or a thief steal. Sometimes, let’s admit it, we neglect what is truly priceless in our lives with each other and with God.

The good news is that Jesus came to forgive sinners such as Judas and such as us. Jesus knows that often we make decisions that do not reflect our love for God, for each other, and for ourselves…and that often our regret then consumes us. But, let us not forget that Jesus’ mission was one of forgiveness and redemption. Like Judas we may sell our souls for a few coins, but remember that Jesus buys our souls back with his life.

A Time of Meditation:

Please enter into a time of silence remembering a time when you have committed an act that you truly regret. Take some time to plan how you will make amends to the one(s) that you harmed and in silence, ask God’s forgiveness, knowing that our God is merciful and abounding in steadfast love.

Closing Prayer:

O God, I am not Judas. I would never betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. I would never, ever deny him. At least this is what I tell myself. Yet, at the same time I know that I often neglect my relationship with Jesus through prayer, worship, and service and in doing so, I do betray and deny him. During this season of Lent and while I am isolated from outside distractions, help me to grow closer to you. Help me to recognize what is truly valuable in my life and to live accordingly. Amen.

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