Text : Mark 14:43-50
Topic : JESUS BETRAYED AND ARRESTED
“Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve appeared. With him, was a crowd armed with swords and clubs…” Mark 14:43.
Most cultures have nothing but harsh descriptions of those who betray others. The act itself has been called “backstabbing”. The idea of stabbing show how gruesome the act is and how it cuts hurtfully through the soul of its victim. Jesus has the story of the worst kind of betrayal to share. An inner circle disciple who had followed Him everywhere and whom He trusted with the purse of His ministry, identified Him with a kiss for His enemies, after a wonderful dinner.
Maybe as you read this, the image of someone who betrayed you, has already shown up in your mind and tears are already welling up your eyes. Let Jesus help you, He has been through it. If you have issues with trusting people, remember that all that happened to Him was for you to be helped. Give Him your pains and let Him soothe them with His pierced hands and offer you the grace to forgive. Are you under the guilt for having betrayed a close person? God can offer you forgiveness and release you from your guilt when you confess to Him and ask Him to heal your heart. He will also guide you on seeking the forgiveness of the person whom you have hurt. Trust me, Jesus knows a lot about betrayal. Much more, He can offer help like no other.
Birthday Blessing: “The Lord your God is with you, the mighty warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you…” Zephaniah 3:17.
RBT Passage: Job 39 – 42
“We are secured, not because we hold tightly to God, but because He holds tightly to us”. – R. C. Sproul