Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Matthew 26:49–50 (ESV): "49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" And he kissed him. 50 Jesus said to him, "Friend, do what you came to do." Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him."
Betrayal is incredibly hard to deal with. When trust is broken it makes it difficult to continue in a relationship, unless you're Jesus that is. He has been betrayed by every human heart and yet He continues to offer His love and forgiveness freely to all who will receive it.
After Jesus prayed in the Garden He went to meet His betrayer. Judas came with the temple guards and greeted Jesus with a kiss. He had already told Judas earlier that evening that he would betray Him and still Jesus gives him one last chance to repent. Judas declined and became the son of perdition.
Like Judas, we have all kissed Him and called Him Lord and then done whatever we want. The essence of betrayal is to undermine His will and Word with selfish intent. And yet, He extends His blood-stained hand to us even while we are in process of betraying Him. The betrayal stops when we decide to take His hand and follow Him wholly. It's a daily decision. Make it a practice to wake every morning giving yourself over to Him. If you do this He will remove the betrayal from your heart and you will walk towards Him. Make that choice daily and watch the outcome, amen?
Father, we thank You for Your relentless love. We pray that our cheating hearts would be changed and transformed by Your grace and mercy and that we never again take the worldly bribe to betray You. Pray this personally: Even now, I commit myself wholly and solely to You. Your will be done in my life in Jesus' name, amen.
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