Even as followers of Jesus, there are places in our lives where we resist surrender. We want to be in control. I know what’s best for me, because I know me. Because trusting in someone or something we cannot see, touch, understand or control, is scary.
This week, we’ll be looking at Caiaphas, the high priest who finds his way into the story of Jesus. He took struggles with control and surrender. Even though he’s on the wrong side of history, there are valuable things we can learn from his story.
This week, in our series The Bad Boys of Easter, we’re taking a look at a guy who was a pretender, a thief, and a con man. He was motivated by his own agenda... what’s in this for me? When following Jesus seemed like the most profitable option, he was in. But when Jesus didn’t live up to his expectations, when his hopes were disappointed, he flipped and aligned himself with those who offered what looked like a better deal. He traded his relationship with Jesus for a little bit of cash. I invite you to join us this Sunday as we consider the choices of Judas.
Sooner or later, all of us experience disillusionment, disappointment and dissatisfaction. And it’s in those moments that we consider whether or not we should make a trade. Sometimes those pain points can prompt us to make good changes that benefit us and others. But there are also times when we are tempted to take a short cut, to give in and exchange what we ultimately want, for what would feel good right now. What kind of trades are you making? I hope you’ll join us this Sunday as we consider this idea together.
Over the past couple weeks, we’ve been in a short series called, The Bad Boys of Easter. As we wrap up this weekend, we’ll discover, things are not always what they seem.
There are a variety of factors that affect how our brains process information and come to conclusions. We rely on our senses to provide us with information. But we tend to enhance that information as it passes through various filters that we all use everyday... things like past experience, memories, knowledge, and assumptions. The conclusions our brain makes can be helpful, but we can’t always trust them. But we can trust God…no matter how things seem. And besides, while it’s true that things are not always as they seem…sometimes, they’re better!