BETRAYED WITH A KISS

Much has been said about the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but never enough.  Those last hours, leading up to His arrest, and what followed, can never be considered more often than necessary. 

The burden on the heart of our Savior is tell-tale.  Here He has entered the final days of His earthly and heavenly mission and the disciples were arguing, first about who would betray Him and next, which of them would be regarded as greatest. Grown men arguing about who was to be considered the most important!  Pathetic!  I have to admit that I have seen individuals projecting among themselves this identical behavior.

I love how Jesus turns the tables and points out how the Gentiles have a name for those with such individual aspirations… “Benefactors!”  To you, disciples, there is something to always remember: “The one who is greatest among you is the one who takes the place of the servant …” ‘I am the one who serves!’”

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat: but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Simon obviously felt guilt, and the other disciples probably felt that Jesus was indicating Simon was the one with a major problem.  He immediately said to the Lord: “Lord, with You I am ready to go to prison and to death.”  Jesus said to Peter those words that will ever echo into in the minds and hearts of men and women:  “I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”

Peter dug his hole in the ground as he pledged: “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And only Jesus knew at that moment exactly what to say to them, “It is ENOUGH.”

Moments later, as they knelt and Jesus prayed with such depth as to sweat as though drops dripped from Him like blood.  The disciples slept!  That’s right, they were worn out; and like many of us today, they slept.  How we need to learn to pray!

Then, and only then, in the program of God… Judas made his way to the Savior, who said: “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”  The disciples in readiness would offer defense with those swords, one removing the ear of the slave of the high priest.  True to His character, Jesus healed him.

Yes, a kiss!   I do not know about you, but I hear Jesus saying, ENOUGH! 

(Ted)

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