Luke 22:1-6

Now the Feast 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.

Today is Holy Wednesday. Some Orthodox traditions remember today as the day that Judas first conspired against Jesus Christ. As far as our focus today, I think it is fitting to remember what our Lord must have been thinking about as he approached the Cross. Let us remember that he knew us even as he went to the Cross. He could have turned back. But, he was thinking of you and he was thinking of me. And he did it because he loved us! He loved us even before the foundations of the World! Love is what drove him to the Cross! What an amazing love! This is what I will ponder today as I prepare for Easter Sunday!

Isaiah 53:4-6 says:

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.