DAILY THOUGHT: BETRAYAL
Few experiences can be more painful than betrayal. Many of us know this from our own experience.
In this unholy week leading up to his crucifixion, Jesus also experiences betrayal. Peter denies him. Judas sells him out. His friends desert him. Because of these betrayals Jesus’ enemies capture him.
From that moment Jesus enters his passion and faithfully fulfills his calling as the Servant-King who lays his life down for all.
Could not our betrayals also become for us moments to live more passionately into our calling as Christ-followers? What would it mean for you and me to move beyond our anger and bitterness towards those who have betrayed us?
DAILY PRAYER REQUEST:
Lord, may we know you more clearly, love you more deeply and follow you more closely.
Pray the daily prayer request.
Read the story of Jesus’ betrayal in Mark 14:17–26.
What strikes you most about the way Jesus responds to his betrayals? Bring today the pain of your own betrayals to God. How is God calling you to live with them? Consider your own faithfulness to others. Have you ever betrayed someone else? Talk about this with God and listen to what God may be saying to you.
Realign your life again with the vows and promises that you have made to others.
Mark 14:17 – 26
17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”
19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?”
20 “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. 21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 “This is my blood of the 24 Some manuscripts the new covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Devotional of Jesus’ betrayal and last supper from Mosaiek.