Nothing cuts deeper than the knife of betrayal. Why is that? Is it because betrayal can only come from a friend and not a foe, a spouse and not a stranger – someone you trust or want to trust? Imagine if you will, take a journey with me back to the Garden of Gethsemane.
There we find Jesus, fully God and fully man, beseeching His inner circle to pray as He travails over the betrayal to come. Can you see Him? Jesus burdened with agony, kneels down and begins to pray so earnestly that his sweat becomes like beads of blood falling to the ground in the Garden of Gethsemane. His heart is heavy and full of sorrow to the point of death. Picture Him, pouring out His heart unto the Father, grieved by betrayal: betrayal of a friend, betrayal of a people, betrayal of a nation.
Betrayal of Judas
Jesus handpicked and poured into the life of one He Himself would later call a devil. Judas was someone Jesus once broke bread with, His disciple, His treasurer and His friend. Judas gives into his greed and betrays the Savior of the world. Judas greets Jesus in the garden with honor by calling Him “Rabbi”, with affection by kissing Him on the cheek. The affection – the kiss, was a dead giveaway of the betrayal. How telling is that??? Imagine the heartbreak, the sorrow, the grief, the pain…
In the Garden of Gethsemane you find the place of both destruction and destiny. This reminds me of the scripture in
Genesis 50:20 NKJV, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
You see, Judas was simply a tool used to facilitate the crucifixion of our Savior. For it is written, “It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away the Counselor will not come to you…” John 16:7 NIV. If Jesus was never betrayed, never went to the cross, never rose on the third day then we would not have the opportunity of eternal life. The journey was necessary for the dream of an intimate relationship with a sinful people.
Destruction meet DESTINY
What can we learn from this story of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane? We learn that the garden is a place where destruction meets destiny and DESTINY WINS!!! A place where the enemy of your soul thought he was going to take you out, yet God picks you up and takes you higher than you have ever been before. A place where you don’t just survive, you succeed.
What can we learn and apply to our lives today? We can learn that GOD IS FAITHFUL!!! When we are betrayed, give it to the LORD of Lords and KING of Kings because He knows how to deliver His children from the grip of the enemy. The LORD of Hosts (your warring God) knows how to deal with the Judas in your life. The pain of that divorce, He knows how to heal. The grief of that disappointment, He knows how to mend. He is able to take your brokenness and make it whole. Forgiveness is a decision, but healing is a process between you and the Father – GIVE IT TO HIM…