Even my close friend,
someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
has turned against me.
Such a sad statement.
Jesus experienced this with Judas, and Jesus referred to these last few lines as a prophecy of that betrayal.
Many of us will experience something similar some time in our lives, and it can be a devastating experience – even though the betrayal may have been enacted through the best of intentions.
In the case of Judas, it is clear that he soon suffered deep regret. Much is often made about him selling out Jesus for thirty pieces of silver – but soon afterwards he returned the money, so despite scripture exposing him as a thief, his later actions show that his primary motive was probably not the payment.
Did Judas justify his betrayal of Jesus in some way?
Was he trying to force the hand of Jesus and/or the Father to do more than merely preach and provide healing? To try and fast-track the coming Kingdom of God that Jesus preached about?
How often do we have it all figured out? How often do we think we know what’s best for others – what those others should be doing, and how they should be going about their life instead of taking more care of our own?
How often do we try to push along God’s agenda for someone else and try to force their hand to fast-track that agenda?
Why would we do that?
Is it because we think we know better than them?
Is it because we feel some kind of spiritual superiority over them? (Not that we’d describe it that way).
I believe THIS is the reason Jesus warned about trying to remove splinters from the eyes of others while our own sight is impaired by something much larger.
We need to concentrate more on our own condition, and how we treat and react to others than on how we are treated by them.
Jesus made this very clear:
I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
I’m not sure I can read that without feeling some kind of conviction – of realising how far I can fall short.