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November 16th, 2015

The Familiar Kiss of Betrayal

“Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.’ And he came up to Jesus at once and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you came to do.’ Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.” Matthew 26:48-50 (ESV)

The picture painted by Matthew of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus is especially tragic, given the intimacy of the scene. You don’t just kiss anyone on the cheek. While certainly kissing on the cheek was a customary greeting in the old world, it was usually reserved for friends. Further, this wasn’t just any random acquaintance of Jesus; rather, he was one of the twelve, specifically chosen by Jesus and given unique access to continue forth His ministry once He had ascended back into heaven. Judas was a friend; Judas was a confidant. He walked and talked with Jesus, witnessing countless miracles and displays of supernatural power, and yet in spite of all of that he chooses to betray Him.

Have you ever been there? Have you ever had someone near and dear to your heart abandon you in this way? I have and it is devastating. You move through a variety of emotions from despair to anger, all the while not knowing how they could have come to double-cross you in this way. If you’re not careful, this despair can turn into bitterness, resulting in a robbing of joy and contentment in the midst of this circumstance.

Take comfort today, dear child of God, that you have an advocate in heaven with whom you can identify! Jesus was betrayed and felt, undoubtedly, everything you have felt, and yet He allowed His betrayal to be used for the glory of God. Do not remain embittered toward your betrayer; rather release the feelings of bitterness and allow the situation to be used for the glory of God. The Lord always redeems hurt, if you let Him.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, November 16th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Betrayal, Matthew, Redemption.
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November 16th, 2012

The Familiar Kiss of Betrayal

“Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.’ And he came up to Jesus at once and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you came to do.’ Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.” Matthew 26:48-50 (ESV)

The picture painted by Matthew of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus is especially tragic, given the intimacy of the scene. You don’t just kiss anyone on the cheek. While certainly kissing on the cheek was a customary greeting in the old world, it was usually reserved for friends. Further, this wasn’t just any random acquaintance of Jesus; rather, he was one of the twelve, specifically chosen by Jesus and given unique access to continue forth His ministry once He had ascended back into heaven. Judas was a friend; Judas was a confidant. He walked and talked with Jesus, witnessing countless miracles and displays of supernatural power, and yet in spite of all of that he chooses to betray Him.

Have you ever been there? Have you ever had someone near and dear to your heart abandon you in this way? I have and it is devastating. You move through a variety of emotions from despair to anger, all the while not knowing how they could have come to double-cross you in this way. If you’re not careful, this despair can turn into bitterness, resulting in a robbing of joy and contentment in the midst of this circumstance.

Take comfort today, dear child of God, that you have an advocate in heaven with whom you can identify! Jesus was betrayed and felt, undoubtedly, everything you have felt, and yet He allowed His betrayal to be used for the glory of God. Do not remain embittered toward your betrayer; rather release the feelings of bitterness and allow the situation to be used for the glory of God. The Lord always redeems hurt, if you let Him.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 313:  Matthew 26; Mark 14)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Betrayal, Matthew, Redemption.
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