Today is Holy Wednesday, the day we traditionally remember that Judas conspired with the religious leaders to betray Jesus. Many may wonder why such a day would be considered holy if it commemorates such a terrible event. Though Judas's actions were terrible, God used those actions as an important part of His larger plan for world redemption.
The betrayal was prophesied in Zechariah 11:12-13. You can read more about that here. So the betrayal was not a surprise to God the Father. Nor did it surprise Jesus, since Jesus spoke about it in Matthew 26:24-25, as well as in the Gospels of Mark and Luke. God, who is all knowing, fit the terrible actions of a selfish, greedy, unfaithful friend, into the grand narrative of scripture.
It is important for us to remember that God has a plan in all of this because each of us have had times in our lives when we let God down. We may consider ourself a friend of God and feel really bad for letting Him down. Though we may not have betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver like Judas did, we have all done things in our lives that we know the Lord is not happy with and sometimes we do not know what to do with those feelings. Holy Wednesday reminds us that a holy and just God has a way of using all the failures and mistakes in our lives for His glory. As we acknowledge our sin and turn from them back toward a closer relationship with Christ, we can see our messes transformed into miracles. As we move through this day, let us give our past to Christ and ask Him to turn the mess of our mistakes into something wonderful in His great plan.