Betrayed: The Judas Kiss

Matt 26:20-25 When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the Twelve. While they were eating, He said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray Me.”
Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?”
He replied, “”One of you who has just eaten from this bowl will betray Me, for the Son of Man must die, as the scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays Him. It would be far better if he had never been born!”
Judas, the one who would betray Him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?”
And Jesus told him, “You have said it.”

Have you ever had anyone betray your deepest darkest secret? Has anyone ever disclosed a private family matter that you had shared in strict confidence? Maybe they have shared one of those secrets that we just spoke about or even worse, struck up a relationship with your husband or partner? The pain and anxiety such a transgression can cause is almost unbearable.

If you can relate to anthis in any way, you have shared in Christ’s suffering, at least in part. You see, today’s scripture verses tell us that Jesus knew that He was going to be betrayed and eventually discloses whom that betrayer will be. We are also told in Scripture that Jesus brings up the subject over a meal, a Passover dinner to be exact (Luke 22:20-23). Christ Himself tells us that this particular meal that He is to share with His friends, His inner circle of twelve men, takes place on the Thursday evening before Passover. The book of Mark tells us that the Jewish people would not want to prosecute Jesus “during the festival (Passover), or the people may riot” (Mark 14:2), meaning that they would have wanted to avoid any trouble after Thursday’s sunset as dusk represented the dawn of the new day in the Jewish culture.

Before celebrating this most joyous of feasts, Jesus chooses to surrender all. It begins with a kiss of betrayal and this betrayer has a name. His name is Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve. Judas, the one who would betray Him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?” And Jesus told him, “You have said it.” (Matt 26:25).

Let me ask you this difficult question: have you ever been the betrayer? Have you ever hurt someone so deeply with a betrayal that the relationship seemed irreparable? In our own sinfulness as the betrayer, we can find forgiveness and restoration in the Messiah’s loving arms. The blood of Jesus already paid the penalty for that sin and all sin, for that matter. Jesus paid it all by giving His life on the cross, just for you and me. I can’t guarantee that the relationship with your loved one will be restored, but God can promise you this: And we know that in all things, God works for good to those who love the Lord, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Your situation may or may not work out the way that you were expecting, but, with Christ on your side, it will be okay in the end. His Word promises that and God is the one person you can trust. His Word guarantees it!

Papa, when there is betrayal, trust is broken. It takes so long to rebuild. Broken trust can affect all relationships, not just the one with the betrayer. I’m asking that you intervene right now, Lord, in the lives of all those who have been affected by his grievous sin. I pray that you will break the bonds of betrayal, alleviate the anxiety, provide the peace that passes all understanding and begin to rebuild trust where trust has been broken. Lastly, Papa, I pray for the betrayer, to have the courage to do what’s right, to truly repent and turn away from the sin that entraps us, that Your child might be restored both to you and their loved ones. I ask this in Jesus MIGHTY Name. Amen!

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