Despair for the Lost and Accepting God’s Sovereignty

Mar 27, 2024 | Growing in God's Grace

Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching,
and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.
Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.
And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.
They were delighted and agreed to give him money.
He consented and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.”
Luke 22:1-6

 

As Passover approached, the leaders of the Jews were scheming and planning on how they could get rid of Jesus Christ.

He was a threat to their power and authority; they believed. They were jealous of the power God gave Jesus to do miracles and the many followers He had.

They didn’t believe Jesus was their Savior and Lord. As they were waiting upon a king, the world would admire.

The Jews were after dishonest gain, accepted bribes, and did not honor truth and justice.

How they craved to be like other nations with a king that ruled like other kings around them.

In God’s glorious plan for our salvation we learn that Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, will betray Jesus.

Scripture states, “Satan entered Judas Iscariot.”

As much as we hate to see people deny their faith, it happens here.

God uses Judas to join with the evil forces that come against Jesus to have Christ hung on the cross of Golgotha.

As we think about other unbelievers God used for His good plan, Pharoah the Egyptian ruler comes to mind,

And as we wonder about who is chosen and why or why not, we must answer our questions with Scripture.

We read in Romans 9:14-23…

 

“What, then, shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
For he says to Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort,
but on God’s mercy.
For Scripture says to Pharaoh:
“I raised you up for this very purpose,
that I might display my power in you
for this very purpose,
that I might display my power in you
and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
Therefore, God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy,
and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
One of you will say to me like this?’”
Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay
some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known,
bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—
prepared for destruction?
What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known
to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory—
Romans 9:14-23

My subtitles read “Paul’s Anguish Over Israel,” and “God’s Sovereign Choice.”

So we see the Apostle Paul anguishes over those who do not believe in Israel. He even wishes that he was cut off from Christ for the sake of Israel, God’s people.

Have you ever cared that much for the lost for those who don’t know Christ? Paul does.

Yet Paul accepts God’s sovereignty over this as we read all of Romans 9.

What an insight! I had never noticed those statements by Paul before! He would have given himself and his life for that of the Israelites. May we all be that giving and that caring about those who don’t know God!

Here is where we conclude today.

God is sovereign over every single event in this world.

Everything has a purpose. We need not question His sovereignty endlessly. Yet we need to pray and care for the lost and even be in despair over them!

And above all, we need to be grateful for God’s mercy to us in Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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