When betrayed we hurt. How we react is ultimately important. Look at how Jesus responded. Christ Himself was betrayed, by a friend, a close friend, one of His 12 trusted disciplines.
Remember when Jesus (The Christ) was enjoying the Passover meal with those 12?
The passover was a set ceremonial meal with every element representing when the spirit if death passed over & spared God’s people who put the blood of a lamb over their door post.
Jesus knew by His actions, going along with being put to death, would allow Him, His blood as The Lamb of God, to cover the door posts of all human hearts so death, once again could pass over us.
Jesus knew Judas (again, one of the 12 people who followed Him very closely) was going to turn Him in to the authorities who would kill Him for claiming He was God’s Son (blasphemy in their misunderstanding eyes).
Remember what Jesus did? He said to Judas, “Go & do what you need to do.”
Remember as if you were there:
And as they were eating, He said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you that one of you will betray Me.” Being deeply grieved and extremely distressed, each one of them began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?” Jesus answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the bowl with Me [as a pretense of friendship] will betray Me.
The Son of Man is to go [to the cross], just as it is written [in Scripture] of Him; but woe (judgment is coming) to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!
It would have been good for that man if he had never been born.”
And Judas, the betrayer, said, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Jesus said to him, “ You have said it yourself.” MATTHEW 26:21-25
After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of Me this night [disillusioned about Me, confused, and some even ashamed of Me], for it is written [in the Scriptures], ‘I will strike the Shepherd , and the sheep of the flock will be scattered .’ But after I am raised [to life], I will go ahead of you [leading the way] to Galilee.”
Matt. 26:30-32 AMP
I look back as I read God’s words left for us & I remember, not only this betrayal & how Christ responded but I consistently recall Jesus Christ on the cross asking God, “Forgive them, they don’t really know what they are doing.”
Perhaps any betrayal we’ve done to others was because we didn’t think things through. Perhaps those who betrayed us did it because they were not thinking correctly.
This may not help us right after we’ve been betrayed by someone or after they betrayed us but as we pray, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Or “Forgive us our debt as we forgive our debtor.” May we all see that not one of us is without sin.
We all muck things up.
Maybe ya feel like you haven’t mucked up as much as others but we are all mucked up & muck things up all the time. We all fall short.
God, help us to forgive others just as you forgive us.
In prayer, beetle
“Judas Kiss” by Petra:
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