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The big betrayal

Have you ever bared your soul to someone, confided weakness, and vulnerabilities you never thought you could, only to have them used against you? Have you ever found great solace in the companionship of another person only to discover that they used your closeness as a way to advance themselves? This is betrayal and it affects us deeply, often bringing tears when we don’t expect them and intense anger we never thought we were capable of feeling.

God understands deep, human pain, even when no one else does. Being fully God, Jesus walked into the Passover meal knowing Judas had sold him out to the religious leaders. And being fully human, Jesus felt every ounce of pain that came with that betrayal.

When we think of Jesus’ pain, we often overlook the daily hurts of personal relationships and focus solely on the Jewish people’s rejection and the fact that Jesus died for sins He never committed. But Jesus knew betrayal on a macro and micro level. He was betrayed by a friend and by His people. In His graciousness toward Judas, Jesus set an example. And in His death on the cross, Jesus made a way for us to do the same. While peace is not always possible with those who betray us — after all, Judas never made peace with Jesus — we can always be reconciled to God through Jesus’ death on the cross.


Reflect:

  • Have you ever tasted betrayal? How did you experience God through this?
  • Have you forgiven the person who betrayed you?

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