Peace: the calm assurance that what God is doing is best
- The beginnings of betrayal
- The act of betrayal
It began in his heart – James 1:13-15
It started small – John 12:4-6
It ended “out of control” – Matthew 27:3-5
Simon the leper was healed, the woman was Mary (John 12:3), the sister of Martha and Lazarus
Matthew 26:8 – indignant
– angry with
– a state of strong opposition and displeasure
Unhappy with Jesus, unhappy with GOD
I disagree, I’m disappointed – the opposite of peace
- Mary, the woman – eyes on Christ
The cost of true worship
- Judas – eyes on the money
The greed of false compassion
- Chief priests and elders – eyes on tradition/their view of religion
The hypocrisy of empty ritual
- The chief priests and elders
– we want to kill Jesus
– I want to get from Jesus
– I want to love and worship Jesus
What if I’m disappointed or angry with God?
Mike Philips – Questions to ask in life’s difficult moments
Depression: Who am I really angry at?
Anxiety: What do I think my planning will change
Paranoia: What can I verify as being totally real right now?
Loneliness: Who can I show love to?
Anger is fueled by other emotions and factors such as fear, guilt, shame or pride: a sense of lacking control. Anger can be a control mechanism
Put on, put off, be renewed. All three!
Be angry and do not sin – put off the yelling, the hurtful words, the bullying, the sudden flash of emotions
Do not let the sun go down on your anger – put on reconciliation, forgiveness, kindness (stretch out passion), self control
Give no opportunity to the devil – be renewed – understand this as no one less than satan trying to divide and destroy. You are not helping you are hurting. You are not doing God’s will but the devil’s.