BETRAYEDsome thoughts from 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-26

Because he betrayed Jesus, JUDAS is one of the most despised of Bible characters. No one names their son JUDAS … and it is an insult to be called a JUDAS. Judas demonstrates in a graphic way …

Judas Betrayed Jesus. Betrayal is always ugly, but when one considers how Jesus treated Judas, it is all the more repulsive. Jesus loved Judas. I doubt that Jesus treated Judas any differently than the other apostles. Jesus chose Judas and entrusted him as one of his special servants. Jesus served Judas, taking a towel and wrapping it around his waist Jesus bent over and washed the feet of the betrayer. But Judas wasn’t the only one …

Peter Betrayed Jesus. Just as he did Judas, Jesus loved Peter. Peter was one of those ‘inner circle’ disciples. Peter watched as the Messiah was transfigured, speaking with Moses and Elijah. Peter was warned of upcoming struggle and of his betrayal. Swearing never to betray Jesus, Peter said he would choose death over betrayal. Jesus chose Peter to serve as a bedrock of his fledgling church. Jesus also served Peter, washing his feet, and so much more. Although Peter swore he would never deny, he did. Judas and Peter both betrayed Jesus, but they were not alone…

The Jewish People Betrayed Jesus. The chief priests and teachers of teh law despised him. A sad verse in the Bible is foun din John 1:11. It says, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” Those who should have been most aware of who He was were most willing to kill him on the cross. Judas, Peter, the Jewish leaders … betrayers…but not alone…

We all Have Betrayed Jesus. Slowly read through Romans 3:9-18. It would be impossible to deny that all of us have betrayed Jesus. Jesus loved us, chose us, servedus, and died for us. But as we contemplate the ways in which we have failed him, let us also think about ….

NOTICE WHAT JESUS GAVE ON THIS DARK NIGHT OF BETRAYAL (“on the  night” – hurting, disappointed, knowing what He faced, Jesus was still focused on the lost humanity around Him.)

 Jesus Gave Thanks (24) in spite of the suffering he was about to endure. What does that teach us about living under difficulty?

Jesus Gave Purpose (24) “In remembrance of me” – there was something to come later. This is not the end. We dare not leave Jesus on the cross, in the tomb… the glorious resurrected Jesus has more in mind. There would be a time and place to remember what Jesus gave.

Jesus Gave Himself (24 “This is my body”  25 “This cup is the new covenant in my blood”) Symbolically these items represent Jesus’ body and blood. But Jesus spoke about them in more concrete ways in John 6 … eating flesh…drinking blood. On this dark night he was about to give all for those who couldn’t care less.

Jesus Gave a Promise / Covenant / Agreement. The new covenant is to be found in the blood of Christ … an agreement of forgiveness and cleansing from sin for those who would follow His will.

Jesus Gave Hope (“whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 26). We are a people who are waiting. We look to another day … a day when all that is wrong will be set right. We proclaim that day each week as we partake of the body and blood of Christ. He is not a dead philosopher to be memorialized, but a living Savior to be proclaimed!

Is your live devoted to the Lord who gave so much?

Even on a dark night of suffering, Jesus gave of himself.

Are you one who betrays that loving gift … or accepts it?

This is a question to ask daily. 

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