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March 28, 2011

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Diary of a disciple the night Jesus was betrayed — Nathaniel

by Dave Malnes

The disciples have been dismissed after Jesus broke the bread and passed the wine in the upper room. He reminded the disciples again that he was going to be betrayed, die and rise again. How will each of the disciples respond?

Here is a possible journal entry from the disciples named Nathanial.

“I can’t believe what I just heard. My Savior will be betrayed. How can this be? How can he allow this to happen? Is he not the Son of God? Is he not all-powerful and all-knowing? I mean, this is the same Jesus who knew me even before I knew him. This is the same Christ who found me before I found him.

When my brother, Philip, brought me to see Jesus, I knew it was the Messiah I had been praying for and what the Scriptures foretold. When I proclaimed my faith and said, “You are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel,” did you know what Jesus said?  “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree.  But, Nathaniel, listen closely.  You shall see greater things than that!  You shall see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Is that not something to wait for? A promise directly from Jesus that I will see greater things than what I’ve already seen.

Right now, I’m glad he told me that because I‘m confused.  I confess that I don’t fully understand.  I don’t really get why Jesus will allow himself to be betrayed.  But it’s during these times when I don’t understand, that I will continue to place my trust in Jesus – the Son of God.  For I heard him tell the Pharisees that He is the Lord of the Sabbath, because he is greater than the temple itself.  He told us that he is even greater than Jonah for he will spend three days and three nights in the earth.  And he even told us that he will be greater than King Solomon.

I will hang on to his promise that I will see even greater things than this simply because he is the Christ.  The Promised One.  And I will take him at his word.

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  1. Jun 10 2011

    A very inspirational message! God bless

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