The Beautiful Outcome of Our Lord’s Betrayal

Betrayed.

Abandoned.

Humiliated.

Stranded.

Thrown under the bus.

Do you have a few stories of your own that made you feel…drastically alone?

“The sober symphony of Calvary was arranged by these characteristic notes of betrayal.” This was the story leading up to Jesus’ death.

“Our Savior’s murder was not a story just to give us a knee-jerk emotional response, but to show us how carefully and divinely orchestrated a mission of mercy it was.” Imagine how many betrayals Jesus encountered by both friends and enemies, from the garden of Gethsemane to the interior of the governor’s palace?

Yet, he gave no excuses.

“He humbly remained the Passover Lamb and stumbled up a hill to His own slaughter.”

He took the punches, the spit, the ridicule, the bruising, the scourging, the nails…

Yet, “he muted His own omnipotent roar to save us.”

The lash on his back, the thorns on his head, the spit on his cheek, the bruises on his face, the nails in his hands, the spear in his side, the scorn of the rulers, the betrayal of his friend, the desertion by his disciples – these were all the result of sin, and all designed by God to destroy the power of sin. ~ John Piper

Roman crucifixion ranks among the most heartless and inhuman forms of torture and death yet contrived. That such a cruel practice could be transformed into a means of salvation testifies powerfully to God’s grace and mercy for all the world. ~ Lisa Harper

What MERCY!

What GRACE!

As I read this week’s bible study from Lisa Harper’s, The Gospel of Mark, I was somberly and joyfully reminded of the Cross. Jesus’ story of betrayal led to my story of redeeming beauty. Everyday this should be a prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude in our hearts. What an amazing reminder of God’s goodness in our lives. Everyday we have access to eternal life, healing, the promises of God, joy, and so much more because of our Lord’s choice of a sacrificial death and resurrection. Sometimes we have to be reminded to keep the main thing the main thing; It’s. All. About. Jesus.

Let’s take a moment right now to thank God for this beautiful outcome!

We have one more week in this study! Join me for the final week of The Gospel of Mark Bible Study next Thursday morning as we close up with a grand finale and release the topic of the next study. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

The Gospel of Mark Book

Week 6: The Beautiful Outcome of Our Lord’s Betrayal

Scripture References:

  • Mark 14: 32-16:8

Reflective Questions:

  • If someone asked you, “Why did Jesus have to die?” how would you answer that person?
  • When you really ponder the symbol of a cross, do you feel more sorrowful or hopeful?
  • What’s the “Oh wow, surely Jesus is the Son of God” moment in your life?

 

 

How to be “Suprisingly Satisfied”

Surprisingly Satisfied
From “The Resolution for Women” by Priscilla Shirer

Did you know that rat poison is only 3% poison and the other 97% tastes good to the rat? In fact, the poison is a slow killer, so that the rodent does not realize where the source is coming from. Ultimately, it’s the 3% that kills the rats. I’d thought I just share that random information to you this Monday morning 🙂 No really, on a more serious note, overall, life may be good for you and I, but there is a small percentage of posion that the enemy uses to slowly kill our joy, our peace, and ultimately will destroy the purpose God has for us if we are not careful.

That deadly killer… comparison.

We drink in that poison every time we compare our lives to someone we wish we were or something we wish we had. You know…those times we scroll on our facebook or instagram feeds and wish we had what the girl/guy next door has. Or that time someone on social media, we don’t even know, got blessed with a brand new car, brand new job, and went to the most beautiful island for vacation, all at the same time, and you secretly say, “I wish that was me.” We do it without even thinking! Oh friends, we think it’s harmless, but in reality, comparison is a dangerous game to play!!! When we compare, we run a race that was not meant for us and exert energy that leaves us in the same spot we started.

You may not compare yourself to others, but you wish you were in a different season of your life, hurrying and trying to get to a “better version” of your story. I remember the days of my singleness, wishing for Mr. Right to come and sweep me away forever into the sunset. There were moments in my singleness that I did not embrace the beauty of that season. Now I have Mr. Right in my life (praise God :)) and I find myself hurrying our season for the next best thing. If I’m not careful, I will miss out in the beauty of just enjoying my husband fully in the season we are in now before becoming parents or moving or thinking about grandkids lol!

Contentment is not equal to complacency. ~Priscilla Shirer

There is so much beauty where you are now! There is so much God has for you where you are now! There is peace now. There is joy now. There is contentment now. There is purpose for. your. life. NOW. All we have to do is invest fully where we are, because friends, this season we are in will not always be present. Let’s not drink the posion of comparison. “Someone else’s blessing does not mean that it was deducted from our account. Celebrate others’ blessings!” To be content is to find rest in this busy rat race called life. Pastor Larry Stockstill gives us four ways to pace ourselves and find contentment and rest:

R- RELAX: in who you are. Paul said in scripture, “I am what I am by the grace of God.” Learn to be comfortable in your own skin and who you are in God! Learn to love yourself.

E- EXAMINE: your heart for sin. Psalm 32:3 guilt shame, and condemnation will destroy your inner rest. Isaiah said, “there is no rest for wickedness.” Disease is broken down as “dis-ease.”

S- SURRENDER: to the will of God. God’s plan is contingent on your obedience. Rest in His purpose. Until God is through with you, you’re not going anywhere.

T – TIMING: Don’t try to make it happen. God is walking the path with you. Relax. God has a perfect timing. Don’t drive to keep up with the “Joneses.” Sometimes, God will allow some circumstances to prolong to show a great miracle. Don’t pick the fruit before it’s ripe. The fruit will fall off the tree when it’s ready. Timing issues cause Christians to leave their rest.

Be Blessed. Be Revealed.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. ~1 Timothy 6:6