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Surrender the Betrayer

Matthew 26:24

The Son of Man will go just as it is written about Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.

Have you ever felt betrayed? Betrayal is one of the deepest of all wounds because it comes from a friend – someone for whom you care and trust. Jesus had invested three and a half years of His life with Judas and had treated him as a close friend. He even trusted Judas with the responsibility of caring for the treasury. Yet, Judas took it upon himself to betray the best friend he could ever have – the One who came to die for him.

The Greek word for betray used here means “to surrender up.” Judas surrendered Jesus to those who wished to persecute Him. Jesus had done nothing wrong to receive arrest, but Judas worked with the enemies to help them take Jesus captive. Such a betrayal could come only from someone close to Him. Those who did not know Jesus or knew Him as an acquaintance did not have the power to betray. This is why betrayal hurts so much. It happens when someone you love despitefully uses you for their own means.

If you’ve ever felt betrayed, Jesus knows how you feel. He’s been there, and it led to His death. Because of this, He knew that the betrayer would receive a much greater beating than He would in the end. Jesus would rise again and return to the Father. The betrayer would be separated from the Father forever. Whatever Judas wanted from betraying Jesus – money or revenge – was not worth the price he would pay in eternity. Jesus pitied His betrayer.

At some point in life, most of us – if not all – will feel the sting of betrayal. Rest assured that Jesus knows how you feel, and the Father does not take it lightly. Surrender your betrayer to God, who works all things together for your good and His glory. Betrayal did not defeat Jesus; Jesus overcame betrayal and sits at the right hand of the Father today to intercede for us. Cry out to Him. He’s ready to hear your prayer!

Have a blessed day!

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