Luke 22:48 (NKJV) But Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
Betrayal is the breaking or violation of a presumptive social contract, trust, or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations.
The most immediate effect of the betrayal of trust is in the emotional impact on the person betrayed. Generally speaking, the greater the trust that you had put in the other person and the greater the impact their betrayal has on you, then the greater the distress you will feel. A number of different emotions may be felt upon realizing you have been betrayed. The most common is anger. (anon)
Many of us have experienced the physical and emotional pain of betrayal, sometimes by those closest to us. At that moment of betrayal we may have experienced a gamut of emotions: anger, bewilderment, denial, distrust, frustration, thoughts of revenge, etc.
Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss: the sign of friendship and affection, but Judas used it for deceit and disguise. Yet, in spite of the possible ramifications of the betrayal, Jesus immediately dealt with it and continued on with God’s plan and purpose for His life.
Betrayals will throw us for the moment, possibly throwing off our spiritual equilibrium, but God will steady us and keep us on track if we trust Him and continue in His plan for our lives. He will never betray us.
Is the betrayal you experienced weighing heavier on you than God's plan for your life?
- Pastor James Jackson
If you know my story, then you know why I posted the above message on my blog. I've experienced betrayal in my life. I've known it from politicians, law enforcement, lawyers, the courts, communities, friends, lovers, family and others. I've known it with violence. I've known it with a kiss. I've known it passive and I've known it aggressive. I've even known it passive aggressive. I've been afflicted with this evil more than I care to remember and yet...Christ knew it worse than I've ever and yet...He was not detoured.
Christ came to die. His mission was to suffer. He knew He was gonna know betrayal by a man He loved and yet. Think about that! The crazy amazing love in that kind of sacrifice! The love in that kind of determination...in His determination!
He's brought me through so much to get me to the place I am today. Where Christ's determination and grace has me today is far beyond anything I could've dreamed. I've been delivered from violence. My heart is set on peace. I'm living out Psalm 23. Thanks to Him...I will not be detoured.
Because of His death, I can now die. Because of His resurrection, I can now live. I can live! We can live!
The betrayals I've known are numerous. The betrayals you've known may be many. His grace is more.