Memorize: Psalm 41:9–Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.
Read: Matthew 26:26:47-56; 69-75
Monday—Have you ever been betrayed? How did it feel? When we think of Judas Iscariot, the first word that comes to our mind is “traitor”, however we forget that Judas was among the 12 disciples. He was in Jesus’ inner circle, and Jesus chose him to be there. Despite his pitiful and disgusting end, he walked with Jesus and learned from Jesus as his Rabbi. For three years, Judas preached alongside Jesus about the Kingdom of God. Jesus and Judas were close friends.
Tuesday— “Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.” And they were exceedingly sorrowful.” (Matthew 17:22, 23).” From this Scripture, it may be that Judas shook his head in disbelief when Jesus spoke of betrayal, thinking such a thing couldn’t happen to Jesus. But as time passed, something began to grow within Judas that would ultimately be his undoing. We all have things in us that we think we could never participate in too. Sometimes, however, Satan gets a foothold and we find ourselves doing the very thing we vowed to never do.
Wednesday— Judas settled for a low price for the betrayal of Jesus, 30 pieces of silver. This was the lowest price that even a slave would be paid. The scriptures don’t tell us why he settled for this amount, but this was the price agreed upon. The Last supper must have been a time of great tension for Judas and Jesus. Good friends now put at odds. David in Psalm 41 laments over the brutal thoughts of his friends, “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.” For Jesus, this was Judas.
Thursday— Next, came the kiss of betrayal. Jesus was arrested and handed over to the authorities. One of Jesus companions grabbed a sword in order to begin to fight for Jesus, but Jesus responded with these words from Matthew 26. “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
Friday— This scripture from Matthew 26 shows the passion of Jesus. He knew what was going to happen, he knew the impending torture, but he chose to peacefully remain in the hands of the soldiers. Jesus suffered much, emotionally and physically. It was his passion for us that caused him to. He knows how much we suffer when we are betrayed. He knows the pain of a close friend turning their back on you. He knows the sacrifice of love; in fact, he is the sacrifice of love. As we enter the season of the passion of Christ, how will you respond to your passionate Savior?