Random Thoughts on Betrayal
And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up, accompanied by a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I shall kiss, He is the one; seize Him.” And immediately he went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.(Matthew 26:47-50 NASB)
Betrayal is evil and anyone who is breathing has felt the stab of pain that comes when all that they sought for and hope in turns to dust that blows away when a friend or beloved one turns their back on them. But what is a Christian to do? May I make the argument that though betrayal is evil, it is also good if considered in light of the gospel and with wisdom? Below are simply some thoughts that may help one who is betrayed grow and settle in the pain:
- Betrayal and such is good for the Christian because it reminds them that they have Jesus who shall never betray them. This alone is enough to bring joy to the soul, for all others may fail us but never shall our Lord and Savior. Let us sing therefore, even if it is with tears, let us sing!
- Betrayal is good for the Christian because it gives us a chance to contemplate the Cross more clearly. We were blasphemers and enemies of God. It was we who were helpless and ungodly. We are all betrayers at heart and in reality, yet Christ sought us and saved us. He, with the joy set before Him in His exaltation, took our betrayals upon His body and shed His blood to redeem us.
- Betrayal is one of the reasons that God has given us prayer. It is in prayer that we can sigh in full honesty before our Lord. We can pour out our complaints and our hurts to a Father who unendingly loves us. Because of Jesus we are able to be honest with God. There is nothing hidden from His sight. Because of Jesus we can run like children to our Father with boldness and confidence that He will welcome us, hear us, and give us grace.
- Betrayal is good because it helps us shake off the cloying aspects of this age that dull our senses and fools us into thinking that anything in this age will ultimately remain. We can lie on our tear-stained pillows and utter alongside King Solomon, “All is vanity under the sun.” And then we can give thanks to our Father and God who in His rich mercy made us alive together with Christ Jesus, which means we no longer belong under this sun.”
- Betrayal is good because we can use it as a tool to look beyond the hurt or discouragement and say with the Apostle John, “Yes Lord, come quickly.” For in betrayal we see the glory of the new heavens and earth where sorrow is turned to joy and our tears shall be wiped away by our Father Himself.
So, betrayal is evil, but it is also good.