"And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.
And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.
And they laid their hands on him, and took him." (Mark 14:43-46)
One of the most cruel injuries that a person can inflict upon another is, betrayal!
Often, that wound never completely heals, and the pain that it causes can last a lifetime.
When we are betrayed by an enemy, that is almost expected, and can be more tolerable. But when we are betrayed by someone we loved, and trusted, well, that is about as bad as it gets.
Faithfulness, and loyalty, those are our goals. Those bring joy and happiness to our lives.
Jesus always knew that Judas was not His friend. He always knew that Judas was " a devil". So, Jesus was not shocked, nor surprised, by Judas' disloyalty.
That is the part of the act of betrayal that really hurts. We are often shocked to learn that the unimaginable has happened. Someone we trusted has turned against us.
In all of your relationships, our goal should be, loyalty.
1) Be faithful to your spouse.
2) Be a dependable parent to your children.
3) Be loyal to your family and friends.
4) Be a trusted member of your community.
5) Be a patriot to your country.
6) Be reliable at work.
7) Be steadfast, and unmovable, to the Lord, and His mission.
But don't be a 'Judas'!
If you have been the victim of betrayal, you can find solace in the Lord. He, too, was hurt by someone that had turned against Him. He understands the pain that it brings. You can always talk to Him about it. And He will heal your broken heart.
From my heart to your heart.