This Scripture Must Be Fulfilled in Me

This meditation is based on a passage for December 11, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Luke 22:31-38

Reflection and Question: All through Advent we visit places in the Old Testament that are connected to Jesus, his birth and death. In this passage, Jesus faces His betrayal and death and He highlights the way in which His journey reflects the Suffering Servant, a central theme in the prophet, Isaiah. Betrayal by both Peter and Judas particularly fit with the Servant Song in Isaiah 52-53. Just as Old Testament references put Christmas in perspective, these texts near Jesus’ death keep fresh in our minds the ministry for which Jesus is born. What do we learn still today from the lesson of Peter and Judas?

Prayer: Jesus, our Savior, we see how You identify with the Suffering Servant in Isaiah, that this poignant Scripture must be fulfilled in You. May we feel Your dismay at the betrayals to come. Save us from bringing to You such pain. Hold us close. Amen.