Thoughts: You probably don’t know any little boys with my name. You probably do know lots of Johns and Jameses and Matthews and maybe even a Thaddeus or two. But nobody names his boy Judas anymore
But the rest of the disciples – those fellows weren’t all perfect you know. One of them used to be a tax collector, and one of them was always doubting Jesus, and one of them denied even knowing Jesus.
After all, I stayed with Jesus for three years, didn’t I? I followed along real faithful – and let me tell you, it wasn’t always comfortable. Lots of traveling and sketchy meals and crowds of noisy people – all of them wanting something - and nasty looks from the Jewish priests.
I really believed Jesus was going to rescue us from these rotten, snobbish Romans. He had all sorts of power, I tell you. He could heal leprosy and bring people back to life and make lots of food – enough food for thousands of people – when there hadn’t been anything before but some kid’s lunch.
So I didn’t see why it should be any trouble for him to clean up the whole Roman mess and restore Israel to the Jews. But time went on, and Jesus just talked about sheep and lilies of the field and some old woman sweeping her house to find a lost coin.
So I figured I’d help things along – sort of force his hand. Surely if I offered to betray him to the high priests and they had him arrested and brought him to trial, he’d call down fire, or a legion of angels, or whatever it took to save himself and set up his own kingdom.
But it all went so wrong! He just went along with everything – didn’t even try to save himself. I couldn’t believe it – I couldn’t bear it. He let them crucify him.
And now everyone blames me. It’s not fair. I never wanted it to end that way.
Discussion: When Judas asked Jesus, “Master, is it I?”, what did he expect Jesus to answer?
Activity: On Easter Sunday, give $52.80 to our church. (Read Zechariah 11:12 and Matthew 26:15.)
Remember in prayer this week: Bob Grusnick at Heartland, Vivian Hansard, Bill Kraase at Cherrywood, Eunice Kraase and June Lamm.
This Saturday at 8:00am Men’s Breakfast will convene with food, fun, fellowship and frivolity including our Confirmands and chaperones. Come and meet our 2017 Confirmands.
Immediately following the Men’s Breakfast this Saturday at 9am will be the first 2017 ALL CHURCH TRUSTEE WORK DAY. Can you imagine 50 members and friends attacking the tasks that have been identified??? Come and be part of this amazing group of individuals who will accomplish these mighty tasks!
This Sunday our chancel choir will be performing their Cantata “Our Savior’s Love.” Bring a friend, bring a neighbor. Come and enjoy Palm Sunday with music. The children will also be passing out palms during their children’s time.
Concerns from Sunday, April 2:
Pam Olesen – Prayers for a good friend dealing with her husband’s cancer
Kaj & Robin Ostergaard – Prayers for safe travels for Elizabeth as she drives a U-Haul truck to Chicago as we speak. Most of her stuff is now out of our basement.
Joys and Concern:
Mark & Carole Bauer – Prayers for the arrival of our granddaughter on Wednesday with a planned C-section. Prayers for Shannon and family.
Mary Jo Johnston – I just want to praise God for the beauty of spring and the singing of the birds. Our Lord is amazing!
Kathy Sobanski – 28 pints of blood were donated on Thursday from Troy First.
Daisy Troop 76309 – Enjoyed a movie night Friday in our theatre, cleaned some tables and brought cleaning supplies for Brightmoor.
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