29 Oct Jesus, Betrayed And Abandoned
Jesus, Betrayed And Abandoned
Verses to read: <Matthew 26:47-56>
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.
1. The worst betrayal
1) The fake kiss by Judas <v48-49>.
2) “All the disciples deserted Him and fled” <v56>.
- Forgivable but more painful.
- Only God will never betray us!
- Cannot pin our hopes on unreliable humans.
- Have we also easily abandoned Jesus?
- We being abandoned by people is not as bad as we deserting Christ.
- Yet, Jesus still loves and intercedes for His disciples (and us).
- We should learn from Jesus in treating those who disappointed us.
3) In spite of the ugly scene of His arrest, Christ’s glory is not at all reduced.
- Disciples: disloyal; escaped ⬄ Jesus remained faithful; stayed put.
- Jesus has every reason and power to leave; but He stayed to save those who deserted Him!
- Christ is NOT a pitiful victim, but a willing sacrifice.
2. “For all who draw the sword will die by the sword” <v52>.
1) Jesus does not need help from methods of the flesh.
- If He wants, Jesus can easily deploy divine help, which is far more powerful than any human efforts.
- Sometimes, we thought we are helping God, but we are actually making things worse.
2) Do not trust the flesh (human impulses and emotions).
- Unsustainable and inconsistent.
- Act by flesh: Do not think of God’s will and timing, but just being reactive to human impulses.
3) Violence begets more violence.
- Being impulsive and reactive can lead to regretful damage, and make us trapped in the consequences of our own rashness.
3. Our battle is not of the flesh, but it is a spiritual one.
<2 Co 10:4>For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. [ESV]
1) Salvation: Relationship with God.
2) Truth: The power of understanding God’s will.
- Jesus showed the beautiful example of “passive submission”.
3) Prayer: Making good use of our relationship with God and His promises.
Have we often abandoned Christ in our heart and deeds? What are the usual things that make us leave God? How can we find strength from His unfailing love to stand firm by Him?
Do you tend to be very reactive and follow your impulses? Share any experiences of how that brought regrets/harms to yourself, others or the name of God?
How much do you use spiritual weapons to fight the devil and sin, and overcome life problems? Which spiritual weapons (assurance of salvation, truth, prayer, etc) do you find more effective?