BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 26
20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
Have you ever found it interesting that when Jesus said in this passage that someone was going to betray Him, every one of the disciples asked if it was them. “Lord, it I ?”
I often try to put myself in the situations described in context with different passages of scripture. What would I have done? What would I do? What would my response have been? I do know when Jesus said that someone would deny Him, Peter is the very one that spoke up and said that he would never do that. And yet Peter is the one that did.
I can see myself sitting there as a disciple, hearing Jesus say that someone would betray Him, and thinking to myself that I could never do that. I think that all of us would like to think that we would never do that. I think each of us would probably have spoken up that it was not going to be us. And yet each of the disciples asked if it was them.
We have a great lesson to learn from this today. The Bible tells us not to put any confidence in our flesh. I’m sure the disciples had seen a number of people that claimed and promised many things over those short years, then never follow through. I think it would be wise for each of us today to admit and realize that all of us, if we are not careful, have the ability to betray Jesus.
All of us have the ability to dip into low levels. All of us have a nasty flesh that can flare up if we do not guard ourselves. We should not head out into our day full of self-confidence that we are strong Christians. We should each head out in our day with humility and total dependence upon the Holy Spirit to protect our lives. His disciples were admitting that they could not put anything past their flesh. let’s admit today how weak we are, how strong our flesh is, and strive in humility today to be led of the Spirit of God.