We grapple with the sovereignty of our God as we look at this account of the betrayal of Christ. We consider three sinful actions in this passage - the betrayal by Judas, the rash attempt by Peter to defend Christ with a mere sword and the fleeing of the disciples after Christ’s arrest.

In all these events, we see the fulfillment of Scripture and understand that God was working out His good plan even through the wickedness of men, for which they were still responsible.

We consider the encouragement this is to us - that God has planned our salvation from all eternity and this plan cannot be thwarted. Our salvation is absolutely certain if we have come to Christ. Likewise, if we reject Christ, our judgment is certain and in the light of this, all are invited to come to Christ, turning from their sins, and to trust Him alone for their salvation.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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