Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sermon for Wed March 19th "Gods Will Shall be Done"


Absalom Jones Student Center and Chapel

6:00 PM EST

The Gospel

21After Jesus had said these things, he was deeply troubled and told his disciples, "I tell you for certain that one of you will betray me." 22They were confused about what he meant. And they just stared at each other.

23Jesus' favorite disciple was sitting next to him at the meal, 24and Simon motioned for that disciple to find out which one Jesus meant. 25So the disciple leaned toward Jesus and asked, "Lord, which one of us are you talking about?"

26Jesus answered, "I will dip this piece of bread in the sauce and give it to the one I was talking about."

Then Jesus dipped the bread and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. [a] 27Right then Satan took control of Judas. Jesus said, "Judas, go quickly and do what you have to do." 28No one at the meal understood what Jesus meant. 29But because Judas was in charge of the money, some of them thought that Jesus had told him to buy something they needed for the festival. Others thought that Jesus had told him to give some money to the poor. 30Judas took the piece of bread and went out. It was already night.

31After Judas had gone, Jesus said:

Now the Son of Man will be given glory, and he will bring glory to God. 32Then, after God is given glory because of him, God will bring glory to him, and God will do it very soon.

The Gospel today speaks about Judas and his betrayal of Jesus Christ. I must honestly say that this text was very difficult to get a word from because the disciple Judas has a vague background in the Bible. Scholars and Theologians are still debating the real reason behind Judas and his purpose with Jesus and the crucifixion.

After I read the text again and again, I believe that I found something that could explain it all. It says in verse 27 that after Jesus gave him the piece of bread, the devil entered him. That means that It was no longer Judas in control but the Devil. It was a war emerging between good and evil, Jesus and the devil. So like a serpent, he ran off to do his deed. However it was Gods will that this must be done. It was for Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, and Judas was just part of a master plan.

Today we must realize that we too are apart of this master plan. Sometimes things just don't go your way, or when you do something wrong the old saying is, "the devil made me do it." Well God knew before the foundation of the world that you were going to do that.

We must come to understand that even when things don't go our way or as we expected, that Gods will shall be done. And that we must continue to praise him through the good times and the bad times. For in the end there is a great coming and a great blessing.

In life storms come and go, and through it all, Jesus is always there. The physical storms that can tear cities apart and the storms that are equal to trials and tribulations. The good thing about these storms is that we always come out stronger with Gods help. And with a connected tragedy we all grow to love each other and care for our fellow man. Sometimes God has to remind us through these events. Always knowing that God is in control and not the devil.

We must also continue to live as beings that love one another and repect each other, no matter what our differences may be. Im sure that Jesus had no hatred for Judas after turning him in.

In this Holy week, a time of sadness, and of joy, let us remember that it was Gods will to give his son to die in the flesh, to wear the crown of thorns, to take the lashes on the body and to be nailed up on a cross to physically die for our sins. We are not deserving of this, but the love of Jesus was so great that he fulfilled Gods will. Let is share this same abounding love with people all over the world.


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