Luke 22:1-6 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, drew near. 2 And the chief priests and scribes were seeking how to kill Jesus, for they feared the people. 3 Then Satan entered into Judas, called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. 4 He went and discussed with the chief priests and captains how he might betray Him to them. 5 They were glad and agreed to give him money. 6 He fully consented and searched for an opportunity to betray Him to them apart from the crowds.
Betray-"paradidómi" in the greek. To hand over, to give or deliver over, to betray.
Have you ever been betrayed by someone close and dear to you? If I would take a poll on this question the answer would be a resounding "yes" by the majority.
When Jesus started His earthly ministry He chose twelve disciples. He knew who each one were when He chose them. One day He said to them in John 6:70-Didn't I choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?"
In this text, the annual passover was quickly approaching. This was a annual celebration and time of remembrance for God's people, the Jews. A time to commemorate how God freed and delivered them from Egyptian slavery.
It was during this time that the Jewish religious leaders (church folks) was plotting to kill Jesus based of false charges of "blasphemy". The leaders did not want to stir up the crowd so they seek to do it quietly.
The religious leaders and captains did not have to look far for one of Jesus' own disciples, Judas Iscariot seeked them out and agreed to betray Jesus because the spirit of satan had entered into his mind to do just that.
Judas, one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus, discussed with the religious leader and captains of how he might betray Jesus.
Judas plot was to betray the One who taught him the ways of the Kingdom of God, the one he ate with, the one he walk and talk with for three years, the one he prayed with, the one he saw perform one miracle after another and yet he is deceived by the enemy of his mind to proceed in his betrayal of Jesus.
Having sealed the deal of betrayal in partnership with Judas Iscariot, the religious leaders and captains agreed to give him thirty pieces of silver. Judas departed and went on his way to find the right opportunity to set into motion, the betrayal of Jesus.
Betrayed by one of your own! WOW!
Betrayal has broken, tore apart and damaged so many good family relationships, marriages, parent/children relationships, etc.
Deception and it's partner called destruction is still wrecking havoc in the world today.
The betrayal by one you trusted and called friend brings with it a pain that cannot be described.
Betrayed by a friend. Whom have you betrayed? Or, should I say "who has betrayed you"?
As painful and hurtful as "betrayal" is, God is still able to heal and restore you once again.
Betrayed by a Disciple! Betrayed by a friend!
WOE to the betrayer.