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

Sunday, October 13, 2024

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Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests to arrange to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted when they heard why he had come, and they promised to give him money. So he began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.
— Mark 14:10-11 NLT

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 an opportunity to betray Jesus. Jealousy and hate blind us to the truth about other people. That is why Jesus was so critical of the self-righteous 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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Illustration of Mark 14:10-11 NLT —  So he began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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