The Great Adventure – Kiss In The Garden

“While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, suddenly arrived. A large mob with swords and clubs was with him from the chief priests and elders of the people. His betrayer had given them a sign: “The one I kiss, he’s the one; arrest him.” So immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. “Friend,” Jesus asked him, “why have you come?” Then they came up, took hold of Jesus, and arrested him.” – ‭Matthew‬ ‭26:47-50‬
 
There is no hurt like the betrayal of a friend, especially someone you love or completely trust. I have seen the devastation of an unfaithful spouse in my counseling ministry. I have witnessed good friends cheat or steal from each other. I have personally felt the pain of being stabbed in the back by someone I thought was a trusted friend. You probably have also. It is one thing to be deceived by an enemy; it is another thing to be disappointed by a friend. You can handle rejection from someone who hates you, but to be betrayed by someone who you thought loved you is totally different. Broken trust can destroy your ability to trust other people, and can hinder your willingness to allow yourself to engage in another close personal relationship. There is simply no greater human heartache in life than when someone you love, trust, and have opened yourself up to sucks the air right out of you.
 
In these situations, the worst thing you can do is harbor your hurt, because harbored hurt becomes bitterness. Don’t ever think you have no one to talk to, because you can always talk to God. You can think nobody will understand, but God always understands. God is always available, and He completely understands. His shoulders are big enough to carry our hurts. I want to remind you God understands betrayal, because it happened to Him twice in two different gardens. In the Garden of Eden, the dew was still wet on the grass of creation when the first two people He created betrayed Him. Then, in the Garden of Gethsemane, the grass was wet from the blood-drops of sweat from the brow of the Son of God and one of His best friends betrayed Him. Both of those betrayals happened to Jesus. The Good News is Jesus can take any betrayal and turn it into a blessing. His betrayal from Judas led to death and resurrection. His betrayal from the first two people demonstrated the power of His forgiveness and reconciliation. May we learn from Jesus how to move past bitterness to healing. May we learn from Jesus how to turn betrayal into blessing.
 

Questions To Consider:

  1. Have you been betrayed by a trusted friend? If so, are you harboring hurt or have you turned it over to Jesus?
  2. How can you heal after a betrayal?
  3. In what ways can you turn a betrayal into a blessing?
 
In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn