The Feeling of Betrayal
Written by: Zama Mahaye
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When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and
do what you’re going to do.”
- John 13:27
Ever been betrayed by something or someone you trust? Think of the feeling of betrayal that comes when your favorite wired bra decides one day that the wire will pop out and pierce you through the heart. I am sure most ladies can relate to this form of betrayal.
But there is a greater betrayal that cuts deeper, the betrayal from the person you love, person you honour and a person in your close circle. Somehow being done dirty by general people is not as painful and the recovery is much quicker, but the betrayal of a close friend is the worst. When you are betrayed by someone close to you, you feel uncovered; you feel naked. It's human nature that once you sense a bit of betrayal, you draw back and eventually close that door of friendship or relationship. But this is not the way Jesus lived.
"I am not saying these things to all of you; I know the ones I have chosen. But this fulfills the Scripture that says, ‘The one who eats my food has turned against me.’ I tell you this beforehand, so that when it happens you will believe that I Am the Messiah. I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me.” Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!” The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he could mean. The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table. Simon Peter motioned to him to ask, “Who’s he talking about?” So that disciple leaned over to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus responded, “It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.” And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.” None of the others at the table knew what Jesus meant. Since Judas was their treasurer, some thought Jesus was telling him to go and pay for the food or to give some money to the poor. So Judas left
at once, going out into the night.
- John 13:18-30
In the text we read above, Jesus did not have the luxury of cutting Judas Iscariot out, though He knew that soon he would betray Him with a kiss and sell Him to the enemy at a very cheap price. Jesus continued walking with Judas, He sat with him at the table and shared bread, He washed his feet. I know you are thinking what I am thinking, yes I know: "it can never be me"or "miss me with that" or "mark me absent from that exam.” It's just how we would generally respond as humans but Jesus chose to go on and fulfill His mandate though His heart was heavy, for He knew that Scripture should be fulfilled.
Jesus continued to display love in the face of betrayal, He continued to be kind with His words. Though His heart was heavy, that never stopped Him from embracing Judas Iscariot.
As I was reading this passage of Scripture, I paused and thought of the many times I have betrayed God. The many times He has trusted me to do and know better but I didn't. Many times I make a vow to do good but turn and do my own thing. I know one might think that this is nothing compared to what Judas did, but the truth is betrayal is betrayal.
In our walks with God we have sold our treasures so many times, knowingly and unknowingly. We have betrayed God by following the norms and standards of this world. We have betrayed His trust in us so many times, but because He is a Good Father, He continues to serve us, guide us, rescue us, be with us, lead us and so forth. Our betrayal has never stopped Him from being a great God and Father to us. He continues gracefully with a loving heart knowing that we will turn back to Him wholeheartedly soon.
1. Take stock of the people that you felt betrayed you. How did you handle the situation(s)?
2. Is there anything you could have done better?
3. When have you betrayed God's trust in you? Take time to repent, which means to talk it out with God and turn from that wrongdoing.
Father in the Name of Jesus I come boldly before Your Throne of Grace, I thank You that Your mercy endures forever. Even now oh God I pray that You teach me to handle situations like how Jesus would. I confess that betrayal is brutal to the heart but I pray that You grant me grace to deal with it and handle it much better than I did before. I also ask for Your forgiveness in areas that I have betrayed You, oh Lord. Wholeheartedly I repent. May You be lifted up and be glorified now and forevermore, Amen
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