Jesus' Wednesday (during Holy Week) was a sad, brutal day that held a deep dark secret. One of His closest friends, one of the disciples, turned his back on Jesus and sold Him out to the chief priests. This was a pre-meditated act. He had witnessed a woman who was willing to use an expensive bottle of perfume on Jesus. In Judas' mind it was a complete waste of money. It had cost about a year's worth of salary to purchase it and he watched her pour out the entire bottle in one washing. To her it was a beautiful, sacrificial gift to the One who had transformed her life. To Judas it was irresponsible and he had finally had it–he went to the ones he knew understood value.
In turn, they gave him 30 pieces of silver–about a 3 month salary.
"Then one of the Twelve–the one called Judas Iscariot–went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand Him over." Matt 26:14-16
Do you know betrayal like this? Have you ever been betrayed by a close friend or family member?
If so, Jesus says to you, "I know how you feel."
If so, Jesus says, "I know what you are going through."
If so, Jesus says, "I understand."
Not only has Jesus experienced the betrayal by one friend, but He also experienced...
• The disciples falling asleep in the garden when Jesus needed them most.
• Judas betraying Him with a kiss for some cash.
• The Disciples ran for their lives as Jesus went through the roughest, unfair, illegal trials.
• Another close friend, Peter, denied knowing Him 3 times.
Then, on the cross... "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?!"
Jesus knows betrayal, loneliness, horror, back-stabbing.
Why did He go through all of this and more?
You know why...
Let's worship Him, Let's tell others about Him. Let's invite others to Good Friday and Easter services. Let's do what ever we can to join all of Heaven in proclaiming His name.
Seeking to honor Jesus with everything of who I am,
Ps 41:9 Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.