Who Will Declare Me Guilty?

27 Mar

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for Holy Wednesday 27 March 2013
Who Will Declare Me Guilty?
John 13:20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts Me; and whoever accepts Me accepts the One who sent Me.
These were the words that Jesus said after He predicted that He would be betrayed.
John 13:19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am.”
And after He said these things He was troubled in His spirit and declared: “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray Me.” (v 21) Today’s Gospel lesson begins with verse 21. I know the truth of this from my own experience. And Jesus had told us this would happen, when deceit and untruth would twist our knickers.
Mt 24: 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
I truly believe that the word “false” here does not mean “fake” but does mean not speaking the whole truth. God told us not to spread false reports. (Exodus 23:1) And then in the same chapter in Exodus 23:20-33 God sends an angel-messenger to navigate God’s people through the spiritual “landmines” so that we may all be able to celebrate the three annual festivals together. (v 14)
1. Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread (v 15)
2. Feast of Harvest (v 16) [aka Pentecost ]
3. Feast of Ingathering (v 16) [aka Feast of Tabernacles] at the end of the year
The troubled spirit over betrayal has only intensified since my Calling, and all I can do is “open my ear.”
Isaiah 50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.
Yes, Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah experienced the truth of Isaiah’s words from today’s Old Testament reading. And so have I. Hasn’t everyone who’s been betrayed experienced this also? This is universal. This doesn’t lessen the power of Jesus Messiah, but makes His story all the more credible.
“Lord, who is it?” (Jn 13:25)
A betrayer is the one who had his nose in the same food bowl with us. (v 26) Deception happens in receiving “the bread,” whatever we are “eating” together at the same table, whether it is creative, political, financial, educational, religious, or whichever “table.” It happens quickly when Satan enters in and does the quick switch. (v 27) To the untrained eye it is imperceptible. To those who have the gift of discernment of spirits, it is nonetheless disturbing, even when it is recognizable. No matter what time of day or night when the persona switch happens, it still creates a wake of spiritual darkness to those around them.
John 13:30 So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.
It is in the darkest times of spiritual “night” when the Son of Man is glorified because God shines brightest in the darkest times. When our soul flame seems to “go out” God picks up the torch.
John 13:31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.
The Church, too, has also gone through this as well. She has betrayed and been betrayed. But she will be glorified, because God will glorify Himself in her, and He’ll do it at once. (v 32) This does not have to mean the glory of the rapture. Once a secret is broken, and the truth gets out, “breaking news” happens at once. That’s why it’s called a “News Flash.”
Matthew 24:27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
As the Great Nothing in the Grand Silence with the Seven Churches continues to drone on and on and on, God continues to tell me daily with repeated firmness: “Michael’s got the books.” And God did give all of us a promise and a warning, the same as Jesus gave us a promise and a warning:
The LORD said:
Exodus 23:20 I am sending an angel to protect you and to lead you into the land I have ready for you.
I know that everyone in this drama which we have all been through together will be able to glory in our own humanness, but until the Truth is exposed, I trust in the Lord:
Isaiah 50:7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

50:8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.

50:9a It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

Holy Wednesday 27 March 2013 Gospel: John 13:21-32
Isaiah 50:4-9a
50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens– wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.

50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.

50:6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.

50:7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

50:8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.

50:9a It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

Psalm 70
70:1 Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O LORD, make haste to help me!

70:2 Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life. Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire to hurt me.

70:3 Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!” turn back because of their shame.

70:4 Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”

70:5 But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!

Hebrews 12:1-3
12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,

12:2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

12:3 Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.

John 13:21-32
13:21 After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

13:22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking.

13:23 One of his disciples–the one whom Jesus loved–was reclining next to him;

13:24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking.

13:25 So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

13:26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot.

13:27 After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.”

13:28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.

13:29 Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor.

13:30 So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

13:31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.

13:32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.

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