As we enter into this, our High Holy Week, it seems fitting to reflect on Jesus’ last week and all that occurred in these few short days, which can also be applied to our lives!
Jesus Christ came to earth in the form of man to save us, redeem us and ultimately reconcile us back unto our Father and Creator … God!
Christ was God’s Love for mankind, personified. His 33 years on this earth were that of giving, teaching, sharing, empowering, forgiving, Loving, and ultimately dying so that we could choose to turn from sin, to seek forgiveness and vow to serve God and be obedient to His teachings and commands. We entered into Holy Covenant with God on the day we accept Him and ask Him to dwell within us. We enter into a second covenant with Him when we marry for at that time we ask Him to join us in the marriage Covenant so that there are three—God, the groom and the bride.
As Christ came as Love, He also experienced betrayal by Judas in The Garden of Gethsemane. The betrayal that led to Christ’s arrest and ultimately crucifixion on The Cross. But Glory to God, Love was raised from the dead allowing our sins to be wiped clean upon our profession, acceptance and reconciliation. Love triumphant over betrayal.
Maybe you loved and trusted someone who you committed your life to along with Jesus/God and they betrayed you. It is a devastating blow to be betrayed whether by a spouse, family members, friends or coworkers. I know the gut-wrenching feeling, the hurt, inconsolable pain, then the rage, anger and finally confusion and bewilderment. Betrayed is Satan’s lover, his muse and those that participate in it, are his witting and unwitting minions whose paths are darkened. Judas, realizing the gravity of his betrayal was overcome with remorse and hung himself, yet another sin. Undoubtedly the one who betrayed you, will not follow suit, nor should we ever want them to do so, for we, then, are now an attendant in waiting in Satan’s army.
Despite the pain, we must follow Christ’s example on The Cross when He called to Our Father begging Him to forgive us. So must we also forgive those who betrayed our love/Love for them in order to receive God’s forgiveness and Heavenly Reward. It is hard as our sin nature wants revenge and punishment that we witness. I know that I did! But God will heal your broken heart and mend your soul if you turn to Him and truly lay your burdens down. He is waiting on you. He is able and wants to comfort and heal you today. I share this message on my 3rd wedding anniversary and as I reflect on the betrayal I dealt with in my marriage. I had to learn to put my trust in God to the test beyond professions and into action. I can tell you without question, that Love conquered all on The Cross and it can in you if you let it! Even after betrayal.