Betrayed … shouts out from the roofs, the hill tops and the vales today.
Betrayed with a kiss for 30 pieces of silver. Open, upfront pre-meditated, caving into confusion. Misled into believing it was justified. . Then despair. 30 pieces betrayal price and then burial price. Hakeldama – field of blood.
Betrayed – let’s not stick around to see what happens to our friend, Master. Let’s flee even naked. Then in guilt and shame they meet again . Strength in numbers and strengthened in Spirit they go out. Followers of the Way … no more afraid even of their own crucifixion.
Betrayed – One stayed close but the coals were too hot: ‘I know not the man’. Fear confusion … an unplanned fall. Then weeping, remorse and gathering of resolve. Never again to fall. A solid rock.
Betrayed – self righteous arrogance, fearing a change in status quo points to a ‘blasphemer’. Then smug satisfaction at having ‘saved’ the nation. In reality having saved their positions.
Betrayed – a conscience niggles, this man is innocent. Courage fails. expediency prevails. Washing of hands. I won’t do it – do it yourself. A good man surrenders to public opinion. Silent. He could have stopped it.
Betrayed – miracles, healing, words of wisdom and saving grace – yet no one springs to his defence, gives witness to the truth. . Did they repent, return to Him? The Books are silent.
But I have the benefit of HIS STORY – of a Resurrection, a Pentecost and a 2000+year old faith. Despite this …. it continues ….
Betrayal .day in day out, day in day out … by the choices I make. Judas, Apostles, Peter, Priests, Pilate, Rabble Rousers, and ingratiate recipients of grace … bits of all of them reflected in me. ..
(INot sure how this post reappeared in my drafts box when it was posted in 2018 – reposting it.)
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