Rev Dale Skurla “Betrayal” John 13:21
3/29/2018 1159 Maundy Thursday B Shepherd of the Hills, Prescott, AZ
Law (we do/say) is found in … troubled in spirit.
Gospel (God does/says) is found in … forewarning us of His suffering.
The single preaching lesson is … all of us have betrayed Jesus.
Introduction: Grace & peace to you from God our Father & our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Friends & family members often do things that cause us to wonder if they really are friends or family. John records: After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in His spirit, & testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” This is our text for this Holy Thursday.
A. Jesus knew exactly who, when, & how Judas would betray Him that night
B. That betrayal must have hurt after 3 years of working closely with Judas to see the light
C. Yet, Judas realized his error, returning the silver, but never asked for forgiveness from Jesus
D. Instead, Judas hung himself unforgiven; he never took advantage of Jesus’ love & grace
E. Jesus is still betrayed today first A&E, then Judas, now, each of us when we sin
F. Our gift is knowing God’s unlimited love & grace via confession & absolution-total forgiveness
A. We are forewarned through Judas & his actions; he sinned against the Holy Spirit.
B. Because of this, Judas was condemned; we see the love & grace God gives us everyday
C. Bible forewarns us what will happen if despair overtakes God’s infinite love for us
D. Trinity is always working turning us to Jesus, His forgiveness, His gift of salvation
E. Trinity is always pointing us to the cross & to the blessings which are new each morning
F. God guides us to salvation & His power is made manifest in our weakness
III. For us
A. Our daily betrayals are forgiven through the constant reminder of Jesus Last Will & Testament
B. On the first Holy Thursday evening Jesus gave us His Body & Blood to eat & drink
C. He encourages us to partake regularly in His words: as often as you do this, do in memory of Me
D. In memory of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins & loving the sinner, but hating the sin
E. We sin daily, we should confess daily, we are forgiven, have been forgiven on His cross
F. Jesus pain & suffering is recalled in His Sacrament where His grace fully abounds for our sake
Conclusion: After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in His spirit, & testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” Betrayal hurts as most of us have known at one time or another in our lives. How much more so for Jesus. Betrayed in the Garden and betrayed a second time by Judas through despair. Thanks be to God for the lessons of betrayal. Thanks be to God forewarning us of the danger of not turning to Him always. Thanks be to God for His gift of His Supper to remind us of our forgiveness & its cost. To God & to Him alone be all honor & glory this day & forevermore. Amen.