Here’s Looking At…

Matthew 27:1–11; John 21:12–23

What’s that to me?

Sounds like you have a problem.

These and similar phrases/questions are quite prevalent in our society. The first issue that they shine a on is pride. This may not only be the pride of the er, but it may also be the pride of the er.

In Judah’s case, there was definitely a desire to ore some pride. He was ashamed of what he’d done, although it might be more accurate to say that he regretted what was happening to .

Had the priests willingly taken the silver, would that really have absolved Judas of his guilt? No. Would it have made him feel better? A little perhaps. The result of Judas’ al, however, was going to happen.

The priests’ , however, is even more to the point. What did this problem of Judas have to do with them? They really had to ?

Yes, Judas came to them to offer up . From their , it seems, this absolved them of any crimes. In our day, that would still fall under a conspiracy to commit murder.

The Scriptures are full of references of the leaders “looking for” ways to “take care” of . While Judas was the easy route, it still seems clear that the leaders were going to have their way. In other words, they were still guilty.

What did Judas’ guilt over the silver and al have to with the leaders? Nothing, and yet everything!

When Peter s the resurrected , what about him (John)? Like many of us, he looked around and saw someone not “experiencing” the same thing, and went, what about him?

roundaboutly tells Peter that it is not his concern. Peter was just ed some t wrenching questions (long explanation about the Greek). His anguish was probably still pretty strong.

, however, was telling Peter to focus on the right thing. In other words, was, “you’re looking at the wrong person, Peter. Keep looking at (following) me.”

When we look to , a lot the “what about” questions go away, or at least they should. We are all working on that. We all still have a lot of those questions, so let’s look to .

Judas was looking to as , but something (or someone) wasn’t. Judas’ plans for weren’t ’ plans for . There are still people like that.

We know the priests didn’t look to . They wanted to be rid of him. There are people like that.

Peter looked to , but he got distred a lot. There are people like that.

※Prayer※

, guide our ts to keep looking to . Prompt us to reset ourselves, daily, hourly, minute-by-minute to look to . Amen.

※Questions※

1) Have you ever ed, “what about me?” How about, “what have you done for me lately?”

2) If you haven’t (see question 1), have you done or thought something that could be similar?

3) How does pride affect how, when, and why people look at ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.