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Matthew 26:31-75, Betrayal of Jesus

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

Then Jesus said to them, ‘You will all become deserters because of me this night
— Matthew 26:31

NL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, April 16, 2019

by Daniel D. Maurer Clergy Stuff

For this day’s daily devotion from the Narrative Lectionary, I invite you to watch this.

Yes, I know this is a “Hollywood-ized” scene of what took place. Yes, I know that everyone in this video is white while historically it most definitely was not that way.

What I want you to look at specifically is the confrontation that Jesus makes with Judas and the leaders, and do this . . .


It’s easier to do than you might think. For this day in Holy Week, remember that it was us who betrayed God; remember that it was you.

Tough to hear, no? As it should be.

I don’t want to betray you, God, but I do anyway sometimes. Grant me the strength and the awareness to stay devoted, even when that’s not the easiest thing to do. Amen.

Earlier Event: April 15
Psalm 118:26-29, Extol?
Later Event: April 17
Matthew 27:1-26, Passion