Day 200: July 19, 2013

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 26:47-56

47 While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, suddenly arrived. A large mob, with swords and clubs, was with him from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 His betrayer had given them a sign: “The One I kiss, He’s the One; arrest Him!” 49 So he went right up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 “Friend,” Jesus asked him, “why have you come?” Then they came up, took hold of Jesus, and arrested Him. 51 At that moment one of those with Jesus reached out his hand and drew his sword. He struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus told him, “Put your sword back in its place because all who take up a sword will perish by a sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot call on My Father, and He will provide Me at once with more than 12 legions of angels? 54 How, then, would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way?” 55 At that time Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs, as if I were a criminal, to capture Me? Every day I used to sit, teaching in the temple complex, and you didn’t arrest Me. 56 But all this has happened so that the prophetic Scriptures would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted Him and ran away.

Mark 14:43-52

43 While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, suddenly arrived. With him was a mob, with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44 His betrayer had given them a signal. “The One I kiss,” he said, “He’s the One; arrest Him and take Him away under guard.” 45 So when he came, he went right up to Him and said, “Rabbi!”—and kissed Him. 46 Then they took hold of Him and arrested Him. 47 And one of those who stood by drew his sword, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his ear. 48 But Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs, as though I were a criminal, to capture Me? 49 Every day I was among you, teaching in the temple complex, and you didn’t arrest Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then they all deserted Him and ran away. 51 Now a certain young man, having a linen cloth wrapped around his naked body, was following Him. They caught hold of him, 52 but he left the linen cloth behind and ran away naked.

Luke 22:47-53

47 While He was still speaking, suddenly a mob was there, and one of the Twelve named Judas was leading them. He came near Jesus to kiss Him, 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” 50 Then one of them struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus responded, “No more of this!” And touching his ear, He healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, temple police, and the elders who had come for Him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a criminal? 53 Every day while I was with you in the temple complex, you never laid a hand on Me. But this is your hour—and the dominion of darkness.”

John 18:2-11

2 Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with His disciples. 3 So Judas took a company of soldiers and some temple police from the chief priests and the Pharisees and came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, knowing everything that was about to happen to Him, went out and said to them, “Who is it you’re looking for?” 5 “Jesus the Nazarene,” they answered. “I am He,” Jesus told them. Judas, who betrayed Him, was also standing with them. 6 When He told them, “I am He,” they stepped back and fell to the ground. 7 Then He asked them again, “Who is it you’re looking for?” “Jesus the Nazarene,” they said. 8 “I told you I am He,” Jesus replied. “So if you’re looking for Me, let these men go.” 9 This was to fulfill the words He had said: “I have not lost one of those You have given Me.” 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave , and cut off his right ear. (The slave’s name was Malchus.) 11 At that, Jesus said to Peter, “Sheathe your sword! Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given Me?”

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

His betrayer had given them a signal. “The One I kiss,” he said, “He’s the One; arrest Him and take Him away under guard.” So when he came, he went right up to Him and said, “Rabbi!”—and kissed Him.
—Mark 14:44-45

The Power of A Kiss
by Kay DeKalb Smith,

"A kiss. One of the most Intimate Physical Acts."

I recently spent time with a 76 year old woman who has been a role model to me in Ministry for 35 years. She means more to me than I can verbalize. Her passion for evangelism, her love for God's Word, and her dedication to Christ-- have been hugely impactful in my life.

During our time together, we were taking pictures, and I was over-whelmed by my love and appreciation for her. We had experienced 35 years of friendship and I had never felt the need to go beyond an embrace. But in this moment, I was curiously driven to a new place of physical expression and I leaned over and kissed her on the cheek.

With tears in my eyes, I thought how intimate is a kiss. It conveys a very deep connection between people. When you kiss someone you can smell their essence...you can feel their skin. It is a deeply personal act.

And to think that Judas betrayed Jesus, through the intimacy of a kiss...almost makes me sick.

The actions that followed the "kiss of accusation" were quick. Simon Peter drew his sword and lopped off the ear of the High Priest's servant, Malchus. Jesus quickly stopped the violence and Luke's account said Jesus healed the man.

Wait a minute. Jesus healed the man who had come to arrest him? What's that all about? Honestly, I think the Son of God was merely doing what was in his nature to do. He casually healed the man and got back to the business at hand.

In three gospel accounts Jesus then asked, "Am I leading a rebellion? That you must come with swords and clubs to capture me?" He then noted his availability to be captured earlier in the Temple, while he was teaching. In the book of John, Jesus responded, "Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?" Matthew says Jesus reported, "But the scriptures must be fulfilled." Then everyone deserted him and fled.

Alone again...naturally.

Reflection Questions

  1. To whom do you favor with kisses? Do you think you could ever betray someone with a kiss?
  2. What would it take to persuade you to "rat on someone?"
  3. Ponder the power Jesus displayed, through healing a man, and surrendering to the plan His Father had for Him. Are you willing to submit to the plan the Father has for you? Even if it meant death on a cross? Our call to Christ is submit daily--to die daily to self-love, self-centeredness, and self-myopathy. Remember: To LIVE is Christ...to DIE is gain.

About the Author

Kay DeKalb Smith
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Kay DeKalb Smith has been called the "Carol Burnett of Christian Entertainment." Her infectious laughter and insights have honored God and touched hearts for a lifetime. As a singer, speaker, and humorist, she's spanned the globe sharing the joy of Christ. A former Opryland USA Performer, Kay has sung in two nationally-televised Billy Graham Crusades and has been on the cover of HomeLife magazine three times. She and husband Ed have been Brentwood Baptist members for four years. Ed is the President of Williamson College. Both of the Smiths are committed to pouring their lives into others for Christ's sake.