What Jesus Did! 'Mutiny!' — Matthew 26:17-21

Monday, November 27, 2017

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the followers came to Jesus. The followers said, "We will prepare everything for you to eat the Passover meal. Where do you want us to have the meal?" Jesus answered, "Go into the city. Go to a man I know. Tell him that the teacher says, 'The chosen time is near. I will have the Passover meal with my followers at your house.'" The followers obeyed and did the thing Jesus told them to do. They prepared the Passover meal. In the evening Jesus was at the table with the twelve followers. They were all eating. Then Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. One of you twelve here will soon give me to my enemies."
— Matthew 26:17-21 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 26:17-21 NLT — "I tell you the truth. One of you twelve here will soon give me to my enemies."

Key Thought

It's such an ugly word. It's such an ugly action. MUTINY! Betrayal and rebellion against Jesus by one of his very own. We've heard hints and warnings, but now Jesus makes it clear during the celebration of Israel's great deliverance from Egypt. He will be handed over to the enemy by one of his most trusted and closest friends.
The warning stands in such stark contrast to the phrase "the disciples did what Jesus told them to do."
Disciples, dedicated followers, do what their master tells them to do. They don't go sell him out for a few coins—or for many coins. They surely don't have the audacity to share in the most intimate and private moments of worship and leave to go betray him. But this is precisely Jesus' point. One of his very own will sell him out. In the very moment of joy, Jesus reminds them (and us as well), we can find it easy to play the game and then leave the room and become someone very different, someone despicable. It's a lot to think about. On this night, the disciples will do just that! Maybe when we take the Lord's Supper, it would be good for us to do the same!

Today's Prayer

O Great God and Shepherd of my soul, it is hard for me to be as honest with my heart and know my motives in the way you do. But there is a deep stirring in my heart that reminds me that I could possibly do what Judas is about to do: to honor you in the presence of those who love you, but betray you into the hands of those who hate you and your work. Please forgive me for those times that I have done that, and please help strengthen my resolve and courage so that it will never happen again. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 10:1-4
  • Matthew 10:21-25
  • Matthew 10:32-33

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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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