The Ultimate Betrayal
March 5, 2018
"Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, 'What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him over to you?' So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand Him over." Vss. 14-16 (NIV)
Reading: Matthew 26:14-16
Reflection by Beth Gray
Has someone ever betrayed you? The devastation that a person experiences from deep betrayal from a friend, family member or a spouse can be very traumatic.
Have you ever betrayed someone? It is interesting to note that Judas wanted to make sure he was receiving something of value for himself in exchange for the betrayal of Jesus. It is also interesting that the betrayal came from one of those who was close to Jesus.
Jesus gives us the strength to be faithful in following Him. If we love Jesus, we will obey His commands to love Him and to love others. Betrayal won't be part of who we are if we trust in the One who is The Truth. Don't "watch for an opportunity" to hand others over, but watch for opportunities to lift others up.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to stay in Your will. Help me to truly love my neighbors and my enemies so that I do not betray them and, most importantly, I do not betray You! Amen.
Action Point: If you have wronged someone, ask for forgiveness. If you have been betrayed, ask Jesus to help you move past the betrayal and on to freedom in forgiveness.