Day 8 – Betrayal at Gethsemane

Matthew 26:47-50 (NKJV)

And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” 49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 But Jesus said to him, ” Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.

On Christ’s Journey to the Cross, the very people Jesus came to save, were now the ones coming to carry Him to His death. Judas must have thought a great fight would be on his hands and he came prepared for the worst, but Jesus knew exactly what they were there to do and put up no defense. The only thing He did was continue to extend compassion and love – calling Judas friend demonstrates the point. Victory in Life requires every God-follower to walk in love, especially toward those who are lost in seas of hatred. This is why later in His journey He was able to forgive His captors because He never allowed anger, bitterness or hatred to have a place in His heart. We would do well if we could do the same.