All In, with Kirk Crossing
All In, with Kirk Crossing
Now Appearing (2) – Luke 22.1-6
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As the final week of Jesus’ life continued from his ‘triumphal entry’ into Jerusalem, betrayal began to take center stage.  While Judas’ betrayal is the most famous (and the one that actually led to his arrest) there were two other moments of betrayal that are also important.
Following Jesus’ arrest, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times despite his prideful statement that he would follow Jesus to prison and even to death.  In addition, the disciples did not follow Jesus’ instruction to pray so they wouldn’t fall into temptation; instead, they allowed their sorrow to consume them and simply went to sleep.
All three of these ‘betrayals’ are important because they remind us that, though we weren’t there, our own sin is a form of betrayal which makes us just as guilty as the first disciples.  These scenes teach us that betrayal may arise from our will, our pride, or even our struggle.
The good news is that Jesus here appears as the one who, though he was betrayed, never betrayed his Heavenly Father.  Because of this he became our perfect Savior. Hebrews 4.15-16 reminds us: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”