The notes this week have been provided by Lauren. The passage can be read here.
It was eventually noticed that an interviewer at the company I work for had never accepted anyone. Not simply that he was quite selective, but that of the 200 or so people he’d interviewed, he hadn’t accepted a single one. Apparently as far as he was concerned, no one was up to scratch.
There are lots of people involved in the story of Jesus arrest – the garden at night becomes surprisingly busy! If actions in the garden were an interview however, no one would be getting the job. There are no good responses here (except Jesus, of course).
Judas the betrayer. I’ve often thought how wonderful it would be to have eaten with and talked to Jesus in the flesh. Judas did this – and he betrayed Jesus. Judas’ “knowledge” of Jesus missed the point – he had the privilege to meet him in the flesh, but he opposed him. We don’t meet Jesus flesh to flesh at the moment, but we know Jesus and we must submit to him.
The panicking disciples. They take matters into their own hands. They had Jesus beside them, they could have followed his example here. I have a lot of sympathy for the disciples because I imagine I would have acted as they did. “What would Jesus do” has become a bit of a cheesy slogan, but if the correct path is unclear to us, let’s ask Jesus and imitate him rather than winging it alone!
Defiant arresters. Despite Jesus’ grace and gentleness, despite his astonishing and open teaching, despite his miraculous powers used for good and healing, his arresters arrive with hostility, cowardice and hypocrisy.
In all of this mess Jesus is the olive branch of grace. He heals his attacker. He stops the fight. He boldly speaks the truth “this is your hour – when darkness reigns”. This is quite some Lord we follow – he is not ruled by his emotions and anguish. He is ever in control.
“Light of the world you came down into darkness
Opened my eyes let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore you
Hope of a life spent with you”