Lent 2009 – 33 Steps to the Cross


In those days Peter stood up among the believers ( a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus – he was one our number and shared in this ministry. (Acts 1:15-17)

We are all hurt by the betrayal of another person at some point in our lives. Young or old, male or female, at some point we are going to feel the sting of someone in whom we trusted is going to let us down and our Christianity provides no bulwark against it. Our reaction, on the other hand, is a measure of the depth of our faith.

We may take as long as Peter did to see God’s hand in the ebb and flow of life. Though the Cross was an unspeakably wicked act on behalf of those who committed it, it fulfilled the plan of God for our redemption. Judas was a part of that plan as Peter would come to understand. Is there a betrayal in your life that you can reflect on today that serves a greater purpose with the benefit of hindsight? Maturity as we see in Peter only comes with this kind of meditation. Devote today to this helpful examination.

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