We have all felt betrayed by someone at some point in our life. Normally, it doesn’t hurt so much when a stranger does it, but when someone close to our heart is the one that betrays us, then, you feel shattered.
In moments like these, think of Jesus. He is the one who experienced everything that we could ever experience, but He was perfect and overcame even the hardest moments.
As I was reading Mark 14, the story about Jesus betrayal, I found myself highlighting ‘one of the twelve’. Yes, it was Judas, one from His inner circle of disciples, that betrayed Him.
In the next verses, the Bible says that he had given a sign to the soldiers, saying that ‘The one I will kiss is the man’. I began meditating on this phrase. Pay close attention to what Judas says. He said ‘is the man’. Sadly, that is all that Judas thought of Jesus.
So, Judas, the one that walked, ate, witnessed miracles done by Jesus, did not understand that Jesus is not just man, but God Himself. I’m not saying this is the emphasis of this passage, but Judas’ actions toward Jesus showed that he did not get it. He did not understand who Jesus was and did not treasure Him accordingly – he treasured more the 30 pieces of silver.
I have a clear conviction that whenever we don’t have a deep understanding of who God is, when we don’t put Him on high, is when we fall short. We hurt, sin against, even betray the ones around us.
I am writing this not because I have been betrayed by someone, but because I examined my life and I saw so many moments in which I didn’t show to others the love that I should show: the love that Jesus showed me and continues to show. Even if I set my mind and diligently try not to say something out of place or hurt someone…many times I do it.
So what can we do? How can we live a life in which we love God with all our heart and love our neighbours as ourselves?
I encourage you as I encourage myself daily (hehe) to run to His Word every morning and then to spend time in prayer, talking with God. Do not neglect your prayer time. Run to Jesus.
It is when you, a simple human, recognize that Jesus is not just a man, but the Son of God.