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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Holy Week - Wednesday - Betrayal!!!

This is a re-post from April 8, 2009.


Luke 22:1-6
The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching. The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction. Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted, and they promised to give him money. So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren’t around.


Have you ever been betrayed by somebody.....
.....specifically by somebody you thought was your friend?
If you haven't, then consider yourself very blessed....
.....because it hurts!!!
It just seems to cut you to the core when you realize that somebody you confided in chose to betray your confidence, and your trust, and your friendship....for what they considered to be their own gain.  If this happens to you in the workplace...maybe the other person is jealous, for whatever reason...maybe they think that it will help them to get ahead, get a promotion, get a pay increase.



Jesus suffered the ultimate betrayal from a "friend"!!
Judas was one of Jesus' chosen twelve....one of his followers.
He was even in charge of their money:


John 12:6  
Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.


John 13:29a  
Since Judas was their treasurer.....


And...according to scripture....he was also a thief.
I don't really know what got into Judas...except Satan!!!
This is my personal opinion....GREED got the best of Judas.
He saw those "dollar signs" before his eyes, and realized this was going to be easy money for him, to turn Jesus over to the authorities.
The odd thing to me is that it was so unnecessary.

Jesus could have been easily found without the help of Judas.
It was just all part of the "big picture"....all part of God's plan!!
Do you realize that this happening to Jesus is just one more thing that He suffered while on earth that makes Him able to relate to us when we go thru something similar????
Here is what I'm trying to say....according to scripture:


Hebrews 4:15-16  
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Praise the Precious, Holy Name of JESUS!!!
He understands my weaknesses because he faced all of the same testings that I do....yet....HE DID NOT SIN!!!!


Thank you, thank you, thank you, JESUS!!!
Thank you for what You did for me....for all of us!!!!


In HIS Most Precious Love...and with mine!!!










5 comments:

  1. Thank You Jesus for Your precious Word! Love this today sweet friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  2. Betrayed, been betrayed... So thankful for forgiveness and grace from out loving Savior. Wonderful! Have a fantastic day!

    http://theemptynestexpress.com

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  3. Hi Debra - I love love your quotation at the beginning of your post. Hope you don't mind I shared it on facebook and twitter. its very profound. Thank you for linking up and look forward to seeing you next week :)
    God bless
    Tracy

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