What Jesus Did! 'The Wrong Thing at the Right Time' — Mark 14:10-11

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Then one of the twelve apostles went to talk to the leading priests. This was the follower named Judas Iscariot. Judas wanted to give Jesus to them. The leading priests were very happy about this. They promised to pay Judas for doing this. So Judas waited for the best time to give Jesus to them.
— Mark 14:10-11 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:10-11 NLT —  So Judas waited for the best time to give Jesus to them.

Key Thought

This section of Mark began (in 14:1) with the enemies of Jesus plotting his death. It now ends with one of Jesus' own close followers offering to betray him to death. How sad! Rather than looking closely at Jesus' ministry and hearing what he had to say, his enemies were looking for the right time and place to kill him while Judas was looking for a way to betray Jesus. Jealousy and hate blind us to the truth about other people. That is why Jesus is so critical of the religious leaders. Let's remember that hate always blinds us to the truth about others and closes down our hearts about their true identities and value.

Today's Prayer

O Father, forgive me when I've judged the actions of others negatively because of my ill feelings toward them. Lead me gently to love them more generously and fully. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 5:43-48
  • Mark 13:13
  • John 15:21

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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