Updated: Nov 30, 2020
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Betrayal; it's a horrible thing. Judas was one of the twelve; one of those who had been closest to Jesus during the years of His public ministry; yet when it came to the crucial moments leading up to the crucifixion, Judas became a part of the plot against Jesus.
The same night when the act of betrayal was going to happen Jesus was eating with the disciples, and he knew exactly what Judas was plotting against him.
It would have been understandable in such circumstances for Jesus to excuse himself from the table. He maybe could have called for Peter, James, and John to excuse themselves with him. Perhaps, he could have explained to them how hurt he was by what Judas was plotting. Maybe, he could have explained to them that all of the upcoming events of the cross needed to be put on hold, at least for now, because he was just far too hurt right now to carry on.
However, there was a bigger picture. The bigger picture was the salvation of mankind. The bigger picture was YOU, and his desire for you to be restored to the Father. Any desire to dwell upon the hurt of his betrayal would have to be sacrificed in order for him to keep progressing towards the cross. That night as he ate with his friends, Jesus used the elements of the meal before them to focus himself, and them, all the more upon the cross.
Everyone has a bigger picture to move towards. God has a unique purpose for you to fulfil. Spend time in His presence to ask for that purpose to be revealed to you; then move towards it. If you get hurt along the way, don’t allow that hurt to become the theme of your life. Don’t allow yourself to dwell in the place of hurt. See the bigger picture. It will help you to keep progressing. It will prevent you from being knocked off course and will bring you to the fulfilment of your calling in Jesus.
Do I know what the bigger picture is for my life? Am I moving towards it, or am I dwelling in things that are distracting me from my purpose?
Father, please help me today to be the person that you have called me to be. Help me not to get caught up in things that will distract me from that. Help me to let the feelings and any other things go that aren’t bringing me into Godly purpose. Help me to keep progressing with a whole heart towards all that You have for me. Thank you for the wonderful plan and purpose that you have called me in to.