Plots and Schemes of Every Man

It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.”

And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Casting Crowns’ Song, Every Man lays out the breadth people who need God’s love and mercy. It’s a song that celebrates the ordinary people in life who may look fine on the outside but struggle with challenges and difficulties, guilt and shame on the inside. It is touching and insightful; a testimony not only of God’s love, but our need.

I think of this as I read this morning of the plots of men around Jesus’ betrayal and the plot to take his life from him. I realize that none of us reading this would so quickly and obviously participate in this injustice. Few of us have the kind of power over the affairs of the world that would allow us to put the Son of God on the cross.

But there are a thousand ways in which we plot to sidestep Jesus’ commands, and calling. We each have our places of brokenness in our lives – too many and often brought about by our own imaginations. As we see Jesus in his last days, we must do two things: recognize that we betray Jesus in subtle but real ways, and that Jesus died for you – no matter who you are or how you may have betrayed Jesus.

There is hope for every man, woman, child, boy, and girl. We all need it. Jesus is the source of it all. Thanks be to God!

Every Man – Casting Crowns

I’m the man with all I’ve wanted
All the toys and playing games
I am the one who pours your coffee
Corner booth each Saturday

I am your daughter’s favorite teacher
I’m the leader of the band
I sit behind you in the bleachers
I am every man

I’m the coach of every winning team
And still a loser in my mind
I am the soldier in the airport
Facing giants one more time

I am the woman shamed and haunted
By the cry of unborn life
I am every broken man
Nervous child, lonely wife

Is there hope for every man?
A solid place where we can stand
In this dry and weary land
Is there hope for every man?

Is there love that never dies
Is there peace in troubled times
Someone help me understand
Is there hope for every man?

It seems there’s just so many roads to travel
It’s hard to tell where they will lead
My life is scarred, my dreams unraveled
Now I am scared to take the lead

If I could find someone to follow
Who knows my pain and feels the way
The uncertainty of my tomorrow
The guilt and pain of yesterday

Is there hope for every man?
A solid place where we can stand
In this dry and weary land
Is there hope for every man?

Is there love that never dies
Is there peace in troubled times
Someone help me understand
Is there hope for every man?

There is hope for every man
A solid place where we can stand
In this dry and weary land
There is hope for every man

There is love that never dies
There is peace in troubled times
Will we help them understand
Jesus is hope for every man

There is hope for every man
A solid place where we can stand
In this dry and weary land
There is hope for every man

There is love that never dies
There is peace in troubled times
Will we help them understand
Jesus is hope for every man

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