What Jesus Did! 'Teacher or Lord?' — Matthew 26:22-25

Sunday, November 28, 2021

The followers were very sad to hear this. Each follower said to Jesus, "Lord, surely I am not the one!" Jesus answered, "The man that has dipped his hand into the same bowl with me is the person that will be against me. The Son of Man will go {and die}. The Scriptures say this will happen. But it will be very bad for the person that gives the Son of Man {to be killed}. It would be better for that person if he were never born." Then Judas said to Jesus, "Teacher, surely I will not be against you!" (Judas is the one that would give Jesus to his enemies.) Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you."
— Matthew 26:22-25 NLT

Key Thought

"It's not me Lord, is it?" Each disciple wanted Jesus' assurance that his worst nightmare wouldn't be real. It's our question, too. On those days of great discouragement or great honesty, we ask ourselves and our Lord the same question. We don't want it to be true in us.
However, in a series of honest encounters with faith, reality, and lack of understanding, we find the disciples confused, weak, and pitiful—maybe even despicable at times. But in our heart of hearts, we know they are us. But each of them is redeemable because of one key word that they all use to address Jesus. All of them address Jesus as Lord. At least all of them address Jesus as Lord in the confusion except one. Judas uses the word Rabbi, which means teacher.
Is that the difference between Jesus and the others? Is it the difference between him and us? I don't want to make too much of one word, but this one word is the absolute key. Is Jesus our Lord or is he merely our teacher? Do we recognize him as our Master or do we see him as just another good guide to life? It makes a life of difference what we truly decide!

Today's Prayer

Almighty King, your Son, Jesus of Nazareth and Son of the Living God, is Lord of all. In fact, Father, I want him to be my Lord. Gently lead me to confront the things in my life that keep Jesus from being Lord indeed over my will and empower me with your Spirit to live under his guidance, authority, and rule. In the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 27:3-5
  • Acts 2:22-24
  • Matthew 26:1-2


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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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