Lent Reflection Week 1
FRIEND OR FOE?
The setting for the painting is in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The Olive tree in the middle is a symbol of peace and friendship. And it was in this garden that Jesus was betrayed.
The two persons with Jesus (in the middle), are Judas Iscariot (holding the bag of silver) and one other (with a sword).
What if you were that person?
Would you be a friend or a foe to Jesus?
This passage is familiar to us but read it at least twice, slowly.
Then pause and know the Holy Spirit is present with you.
When you are ready, move on …
Matthew 26:25 (ESV)
Judas, who would betray him, answered,“Is it I, Rabbi?”
He said to him, “You have said so.”
Mark 14:43-46 (ESV)
43 And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man.Seize him and lead him away under guard.” 45 And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 46 And they laid hands on him and seized him.
Think about your relationship with Jesus …
(take about 5 min with each question)
- How would you describe your relationship with Jesus?
- What do you hold very dear in life?
Security? Health? Family? Achievement? Happiness? …
- What could be some areas of temptation and compromise that affect your relationship with Jesus?
Reflect and talk to Jesus in prayer:
Allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart.
Respond to Jesus in prayer.