Monday, July 25, 2011

The means, or the end?

Our sermon from yesterday morning on the verses from the beginning of Luke 22 is on my mind today. It really was kind of a scary sermon in that it showed how close one can be (Judas) and yet have no grace. Though there was a lot more to the sermon; what has stuck with me and I'm still pondering today, is this question which was in regards to Judas being disillusioned and disappointed by what Jesus was doing. The question:
'Is Jesus the means to the end for me (or you), or is He the end?' 
Am I just looking to Him to give me what I want and save me from hell, or is He chiefly what I desire? It's a lot think about.......




"Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude."
Luke 22:1-6



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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1