Easter…The Betrayal

Posted: April 1, 2010 in Easter, religion
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The dictionary definition of betrayal is:

  • To give aid or information to an enemy
  • To deliver into the hands of an enemy in violation of a trust or allegiance
  • To be false or disloyal to
  • To divulge in a breach of confidence; betray a secret.
  • To make known unintentionally: Her hollow laugh betrayed her contempt for the idea.
  • To reveal against one’s desire or will.
  • To lead astray; deceive.

What do you think of when you hear the word betrayal?

Your first thoughts are probably of a time when a friend or loved one has passed on information about you to someone against your will or knowledge. However I’d like to direct your thoughts to the most infamous betrayal of all time, and that is the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot.

Luke 22:47-48 (NIV)

While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

Can you imagine a betrayal of the magnitude which Jesus suffered at the hands of Judas? One of Jesus disciples, one of his closest friends, tempted by Satan into giving Him away to the Romans. But it got even worse for Jesus, as well is Judas’ betrayal, Peter betrayed Christ 3 times by denying he knew Jesus.

Luke 22:54-62 (NIV)

Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”  But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said. A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”  “Man, I am not!” Peter replied.

About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.” Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

I can understand Peter’s denial of Jesus, he was scarred, he’d just seen Jesus arrested, he feared what would happen to him. But wait a minute, if Peter truly believed Jesus Christ was the Son of God, he would have put his faith and trust in God to look after him, even if that ultimately meant death.

So, if you were put in a situation where you are asked if you believe in Jesus Christ, and the penalty for following Christ is death, what would your answer be?

If I’m honest, I like many of you would have to admit that I would probably deny being a follower of Christ – Wow! What an admission I’ve just made! This Easter I pray that my faith in Christ may grow so that I can say without doubt that I would admit to being a follower of Jesus.

I pray this Easter that we may all experience the power of the cross, and grow in strength and faith because of that infamous betrayal all those years ago.

Mighty Is The Power of the Cross by Chris Tomlin

What can take a dying man and raise him up to life again?
What can heal a wounded soul?
What can make us white as snow?
What can fill the emptiness?
What can mend our brokenness?
Brokenness

Mighty, awesome, wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is the power of the cross

What restores our faith in God?
What reveals the Father’s love?
What can lead the wayward home?
What can melt a heart of stone?
What can free the guilty ones
What can save and overcome?
Overcome

Mighty, awesome, wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is the power of the cross

It’s a miracle to me
And It’s still a mystery
It’s a miracle to me
The power of God
For those who believe

Mighty, awesome, wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is …….
Mighty is…….
Mighty is the power of the cross

Thank You for the cross
Love the cross
So Powerful…… ohhhhh yeahhh
What can take a dying man?
And raise him up to life again?

Worship You Jesus
By your wounds we are healed
By your wounds we are saved
Mighty is the power of the cross
Thank You Jesus for the Holy cross

Comments
  1. internet elias says:

    Good post. Since Christ was both fully God and fully man, I don’t think He was surprised by the betrayal. He KNEW who, what, when, and where. It was part of the plan ….ordained for the ‘Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.’ Christ knew He came to earth for ONE purpose…to give His perfect body to physical death…to give His sinless soul to spiritual death….laden with all the SINS OF THE WORLD COMMITTED SINCE EDEN. But scripture indicates that Judas made his own choice…and was not BLINDED by God to betray the Son of God (Mt 18:7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

    And Peter, we may need to remember…was not armed with all the info we have today concerning the events preceeding Christ’s death and resurrection. Peter loved Jesus with all his heart. He left family, occupation, everything of his previous life to be obedient to the call from Christ…’Follow me.’ Before Christ’s death, even the deciples did not expect Christ would die. They likely expected their King to rule and reign over the nation of Israel. And as the trouble heated up, Peter reacted out of fear…out of lack of understanding…and out of a lack of knowledge concerning Christ’s mission on earth. But, hey, …after Christ’s resurrection…and after Pentecost….Peter never wavered. And, as with Judas, Christ knew Peter would deny Him three times. Christ prophesied to the event.

    Speaking of KNOWING, my heart ‘hurts’ when I think of Christ’s suffering and agony in Gethsemene….agony so profound that afterwards an angel came to sustain Him. Oh…my. He ‘sweated as it were large drops of blood’ as the time neared for Him to make (Isa 53:9) ‘ his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.’

    53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

    Isa 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

    The agony of Christ’s soul as the Father COMPLETELY WITHDREW HIS PRESENCE ( from Him completely is more than I can possibly imagine within my finite mind. For agony and desolation to be so deep that after ‘opening not His mouth’ during the trial and scourgings…now…He CRIES…WITH A ‘LOUD’ VOICE’…’MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAS THOU FORSAKEN ME???’ And the sadest thing of all…is that sin separates. Christ was laden with the sins of the world on His perfect soul. He had lost fellowship with the Father. He truly could not KNOW…WHY HE WAS FORSAKEN! Light went to the ‘center of the earth’ where darkness dwells and took the keys of death and hell from Satan. I don’t think any of us consider deep in our hearts the magnitude of Christ’s death for us.

    Didn’t mean to be so lengthy. So much scripture on this subject. It is hard to find a stopping place 🙂

    Very good post. thanks.

    Have a wonderful celebration of our Lords Resurrection.

    Carolyn / internetelias.wordpress.com

    • dot12b says:

      Thank you for your comments. Don’t apolgise for the length of your post, Easter is a time of so many emotions for all of us who believe in Christ – it’s such an emotive time.
      Let’s hope this Easter we can help others to experience what Easter is really all about.
      Thank you,
      Dot

  2. Marylee says:

    Hello there, Happy Easter!!

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