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Control Freak by Deon Crafford

Matthew 26:21-25 And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”

We live in hope. We have been given the historical account of Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension, and the promise of His return and our eternal dwelling with Him. And now we live in hope. That is not a “tata ma chance” hope i.e. like a lottery, but a confident and bold orientation to a future that we know to be there, but that still needs to unfold for us all. Without this hope we have no Faith, and we may as well live in short term angst or denial – whichever we choose. Judas lost hope, because Jesus did not meet his expectations. Lost hope turned to anger and that anger eventually was directed at himself. Judas wanted a Jesus he could control, clearly illustrated by him dipping his hand in the bread dish with Jesus. We are as guilty of wanting to control Jesus or the Holy Spirit. We don’t need to – purely because He is in control already. We have to un-Judas ourselves and look beyond the current – where hope is often challenged – to the view from Jesus’ perspective, where hope and certainty abound. Simply then give up the obsession to control and replace that with hope-filled anticipation.

Love to all