Today is known as Maundy Thursday (The day before Good Friday…BTW, we are having a special Good Friday Prayer and Worship Service at 6:00AM at Graystone Church Ozora Campus. EVERYONE is invited!), and several significant events happened on this day a little over 2000 years ago. One of those events is Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.
Judas’ betrayal of Jesus hurt our Savior deeply. Why is that? When Jesus was sharing The Last Supper with his disciples, he said, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me” will betray me. Judas betrayal of Jesus hurt him deeply because they were close friends. They had sat around the table and broken bread together. It hurt Jesus that someone who had dipped his hand in the same bowl as Jesus would betray him. Jesus said, “Woe is the man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born (Mark 14:22).”
Have you ever had a close friend betray you? It really doesn’t hurt that much when an “enemy” or someone you do not know that well betrays you or wrongs you or your family in some way. But when someone who is supposed to be your friend talks bad about you, wrongs you, breaks a trust, cheats you, spreads lies about you, steals something from you, etc. (The list could go on.), then it is especially painful. It’s painful when you’ve had someone in your home…they’ve sat around your family table…you’ve provided a meal for them…you’ve broken bread with them…they’ve dipped their hand in the same salsa bowl as you…when they betray you, it is especially painful. It hurts.
I shared this last Sunday in my message at Graystone Church (You can watch it here.), but there is something really special about coming around a family table and breaking bread together. And when someone who has been in your home around your family table betrays you, it is especially painful. But here’s the deal. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. If Jesus Christ is willing to forgive us, then we need to be willing to forgive others. And isn’t that what Good Friday is all about?
Jesus Christ died on the cross that we might be forgiven of our sins. And since God has forgiven so great a debt in our lives, we ought to forgive others. Jesus said, “ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15)”
So, as we prepare our hearts and minds for Good Friday and Easter at Graystone, let me encourage you to forgive those who have betrayed you, especially those who have been in your home and around your family table.