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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Surely Judas had expectations of Jesus that he considered unmet and, in that moment of disappointment, he was vulnerable to Satan. He betrayed Jesus, and in this tragic account, there is a warning for us. We must be very careful about harboring bitterness whenever we think God hasn't delivered.

God's agenda can be a mystery to us because we can't see what God sees. For instance, Jesus' calling his impending crucifixion a glorification was something his disciples could only comprehend after his resurrection.

We must remember that our expectations can create a God that doesn't exist. We can be thankful that our God is not merely a projection, but a loving creator who sees more than we can see, and who guides and leads us to God's embrace.

Almighty God, help us remember that you are our creator; it’s not the other way around. Amen.

Wendell Debner
Director Emeritus of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Luther Seminary
Master of Divinity , 1966

John 13:21-32 (NRSV)

21 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, "Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me."

22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking.

23 One of his disciples--the one whom Jesus loved--was reclining next to him;

24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking.

25 So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, "Lord, who is it?"

26 Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish." So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot.

27 After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, "Do quickly what you are going to do."

28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.

29 Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, "Buy what we need for the festival"; or, that he should give something to the poor.

30 So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.

32 "If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once."


This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.