From verses 39-46 we have the opportunity to read about Jesus overcoming the temptation to run from what God has called Him to do. He retreated from the disciples in order to be close to the Father and spend time with Him before what was to come. Jesus clearly shows both His humanity and Deity in how He handled these moments. His humanity is shown in the physical aspects of these moments, (agony, stress, sweating blood). The reality that He is also God is shown in His humility through submitting to the Fathers will no matter what the cost.
Then as we move through the passage we come to the betrayal and arrest of Jesus. The reason I am skipping down to this quickly is because there is a truth here that shook me when I read it.
Verses 47-48 say, “While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”
What stands out here is that the betrayal of Jesus was not from the outside. It was not a random person from the crowd or someone sent to get Jesus. It was someone close to Him. It was someone that had been following Him and was considered to be a disciple. The betrayal against Jesus was an intimate one. This is huge for us as believers to understand because our sin is betrayal.
When we think about what Judas did, we consider that to be what put Jesus on the cross because he ratted Jesus out. The more I think about that the more I see how my sin betrays Jesus. I believe in Him and I am His follower and yet I do things that directly caused Jesus to go to the cross. He died for our sins. This carries much more weight when we look back at how Jesus never sinned and remained humble and obedient to save you and me; the ones who betray Him.
This simply reminds me of Jesus’ goodness! How great is our God that He still loves us and wants us? I pray that today this passage would draw you to repentance and confession as it has me.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate