Mount of Olives

by Sandra Allen Lovelace  @SandraALovelace  #FreedomWalker  #TimetobeYOU

We’ve probably all experienced betrayal. Some episodes are more painful and trying than others.  Usually. the deeper the love and trust in the relationship, the more severe the shock, the more intense the pull toward vengeance, and the more powerful the fear we’ll never feel whole again. It might come at you like this.

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It’s a quiet day, a relief after months of intensity. You answer the phone and the voice speaks calmly, but the words spin your world.

“She said what? To who?”

Fear floods your body and you forget to breathe. You shake your head to scatter the scenarios that erupt across your imagination. Your chest constricts and your hands turn to ice.

“No. That can’t be right. She wouldn’t do that to me.”

Your insides clench and you dash to the nearest bathroom.

* * *

Though we feel horribly alone when betrayal strikes, we’re not. Jesus is right beside us. He understands. I promise.

Remember the day Messiah, the promised Deliverer, was with His disciples on the Mount of Olives and a crowd appeared.

Consider the love and care Jesus lavished on those who followed Him, washing their feet at the Passover meal.

Yet it was Judas, one of His intimate 12,  who led the armed men into the grove.

This one, entrusted with special responsibilities, approached Jesus in an intimate way.

Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”*.

Oh. The irony of the signal … a sweet expression of affection used to plunge home the dagger of disloyalty. Share on X

According to plan, the church officials arrested Jesus and hauled him away.

  1. Jesus knows the sting of betrayal and its flooding emotions.
  2. He experienced every event and reaction we do in this fallen world.**
  3. He carries and offers endless compassion to those who come to Him.***
  4. When we are enveloped in Him, safe in His embrace, we are whole.****

Has betrayal wounded you? Is it still stalking?
If you’re tired of the threat, reach out.

Thank you, Jesus. You suffered so much on our behalf.


*Luke 22:48
**Hebrews 4:15
***Lamentations 3:22,23
****Colossians 2:10   references are NASB unless otherwise noted

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