The betrayal of Jesus
While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22: 47-48
One of the most grievous and excruciating wounds a human being endures is that of rejection and betrayal. It is the sting of a scorpion; the bite of death. The are no pretty words for this anguish, no ways to banish the torment of being unwanted.
Betrayal and rejection lacerate the soul.
Make space for lament
Today, Jesus invites us to make space for lament.
To mourn the losses, invite desolation to have a seat.
Because, He knows it well. He was loved one moment and then received the kiss of deceit the next; He was forsaken.
To deny the loss, denies the healing. Bereavement is appropriate. Sit quietly with your losses. Let the tears flow. Know how precious your tears are to Jesus. Did you know He collects all our tears?
He collects all my tears
Psalm 56:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
As you grieve your losses, ask Jesus to be with you, pay attention to what He whispers to your soul.
By His wounds we are healed
Let these Ancient Words bring comfort to your soul:
Isaiah 53:3-6 New International Version (NIV)
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.