Have you ever been hurt by somebody else? Many of us have felt taken advantage of and betrayed by friends and even family. Trust can be a very fragile thing and can be hard to earn back. Sometimes it can leave a scar among relationships and people never leave the same. In the second part of this three-part series, we will explore the betrayal of Judas and ask God the hard question: Does God really understand my hurt? Mark Chapter 14 sheds a new light on the life of Jesus, on the night he was betrayed.
“Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money and he sought an opportunity to betray him.” Mark 14:10-11
What I find crazy about this passage is that Judas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, “sought an opportunity to betray him.” Have you ever experienced that? That someone you knew so well, in whom you cherished and trusted, sought your downfall for their own selfishness. Judas not only ate and drank with Jesus, but also experienced the miraculous signs and wonders He did for three years. Even though Jesus poured so much love and energy into building up His disciples, Jesus knew the heart of Judas…
“… Jesus said, ‘Truly I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me… It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me.’” Mark 14:18b, 20b
Jesus was having fellowship with his disciples, knowing what was about to happen to Him. If you knew you were going to be betrayed before it happened, how would you feel? Judas even went as far as have dinner with Jesus the night he was going to betray Him. But God tends to use our worst circumstances and turn them for our good. Even though Judas sought to do Jesus harm, His harm was for our good.
“Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘the one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.’ And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, ‘Rabbi!’ And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him.” Mark 43-45
Jesus knew he was going to be betrayed by one of his closest friends and yet still chose to use this opportunity to die on the cross for us. You see, while Judas was seeking to betray Jesus out of selfishness, Jesus sought to let this happen out of selflessness. Jesus used this betrayal to complete the plan God had for Him and wash away our sin. That’s how much Jesus cares for us and understands us. He was even willing to be betrayed in one of the most inhumane ways so that we may have life through Him.
When have you ever felt betrayed by somebody close? How can you remember trust in God’s goodness in times of hurt? Jesus knows a thing or two about pain. We can rest assured that we serve a God who understands the hurt we are in, and seeks to turn it for our good.