KISS OF DEATH // NOVEMBER 28, 2022
... a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss. But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Luke 22:47-48 NLT
Jesus spent three years with Judas, performing miracles, giving teachings and developing relationship. Jesus gave Judas power and authority, yet as the disciples fell asleep while Jesus agonized in prayer, Judas led a mob to betray him before all hell broke loose.
What might Jesus have been feeling and thinking? Someone from his own crew, his boy, started a chain of events that left Jesus bouncing around from religious courts to Roman courts. Found innocent by Pilot, his own people -- the same ones he'd blessed with healings, bread and fish -- turned on him. Then he was beaten and mocked by Roman soldiers, carried the cross where he'd be nailed and executed like a criminal for six painful, exhausting and very public hours. Traitors work from a distance, but a betrayer requires intimacy.
What relationship storms are you weathering? Like Jesus, you can find yourself being tossed about by waves of hurt or betrayal for what can feel like a painfully exhausting journey. Butou have a savior who's been there and understands your pain. Instead of fighting through your storm alone, steer your ship toward the rock that can save you ... where the waves can't reach you. He alone can calm the storm within and around you, and you'll come out far better than how you went in.