The definition of betrayal is to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty. To betray a trust.
The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from an enemy.
Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve close friends of Jesus. He was part of the inner circle that did everything with Jesus.
BEFORE the Last Supper, Judas met with the Chief priests to hand over Jesus in exchange for 30 pieces of silver.
“That is when one of the Twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the cabal of high priests and said,
“What will you give me if I hand him over to you?”
They settled on thirty silver pieces.
He began looking for just the right moment to hand him over.”
Matthew 26:14-16 MSG
Judas was looking for ‘the right moment’ to hand Jesus over? Judas settled on the price….Jesus was arrested when Judas leaned over to kiss Him. The ultimate betrayal.
Notable Facts about Judas:
He was NOT an open enemy. He was 1 out of 12 close friends of Jesus.
He volunteered information about Jesus to those who were plotting Jesus’s death.
Judas seized an opportunity to betray Jesus during dinnertime by leaning over and kissing Him.
Judas love for money made him sell out Jesus.
His life ended in suicide. He hung himself. The guilt was heavier than the 30 pieces of silver.
Jesus Ultimate Plan:
1. Jesus came to earth so that all people including Judas could be saved from their sins and experience the love of God.
2. Jesus saw potential in Judas when He chose him to be part of His inner circle.
3. Jesus knew before hand that Judas was going to betray Him. No surprises for Jesus. The Last Supper was not postponed.
Regardless of our imperfections …. Jesus sees our potential. His plan is, once we have breath it’s never to late to start over. Jesus is NOT perturbed by betrayal or denial. His ultimate goal is to present us to God without sin or blemish.
It was a Good Friday. Thank you Jesus for the Cross.