Our many rebellious acts are multiplied before you. Our sins testify against us. Our rebellious acts are with us. We know our wrongdoings. We have rebelled and denied the Lord. We have turned away from our God. We speak about oppression and revolt. We have conceived and uttered lies in our hearts.
Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away. Truth has fallen in the street, and honesty cannot come in. Truth is lacking. Those who turn away from evil make themselves victims. The Lord sees it, and he’s angry because there is no justice. He sees that there is no one to help. He is astounded that there is no one to intercede. So with his own power he wins a victory. His righteousness supports him.
He puts on righteousness like a coat of armor and a helmet of salvation on his head. He wears clothes of vengeance. He wraps himself with fury as a coat. He will pay them back according to their deeds. He will pay back his opponents with wrath and punish his enemies. He will pay back the people who live on the coastlands.
The people of the west will fear the name of the Lord. Those in the east will fear his glory. He will come like a rushing stream. The wind of the Lord pushes him. “Then a Savior will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from rebellion,” declares the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:20–6:2
We are Christ’s representatives, and through us God is calling you. We beg you on behalf of Christ to become reunited with God. God had Christ, who was sinless, to be sin so that we might receive God’s approval through him.
Since we are God’s coworkers, we urge you not to let God’s kindness be wasted on you. God says, “At the right time I heard you. On the day of salvation I helped you.” Listen, now is God’s acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!
The Festival of Unleavened Bread was near. The chief priests and the experts in Moses’ Teachings were looking for some way to kill Jesus. However, they were afraid of the people.
Then Satan entered Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve apostles. He went to the chief priests and the Temple guards and discussed with them how he could betray Jesus. They were pleased and agreed to give him some money. So Judas promised to do it. He kept looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus to them when there was no crowd.