Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted. -Isaiah 53:4
Betrayal is a pain like no other. When someone close to you turns against you for selfish gain, it causes a lasting, lingering wound. If it’s happened to you, and it probably has once or twice, no matter how long ago it was, chances are you can still feel it.
Not that you haven’t moved on, but when you think about that person and what they did, it still hurts a little, especially if they never came back and apologized.
But here’s the thing. The key to overcoming what someone did to you is to focus on what Someone did for you.
Even though Jesus knew it was coming and what it was all about in the grand scheme, the betrayal of Judas still hurt him deeply. He knew it would hurt everyone on his team also, so He tried to prep them for it, to soften the blow:
Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” -John 12:21
The word for troubled here indicates that Jesus was turned upside down inwardly over the situation. It filled Him with anxiety and distress that one of His associates, a member of His hand-picked squad, was about to stick it to Him.
Thirty pieces of silver was the pay-off. That was what Judas would gain for throwing Jesus under the bus and into the hands of His blood-thirsty haters. Just a little kiss and the money would be his. After he realized the darkness of his deed, he would try unsuccessfully to give it back. But he died without ever telling Jesus he was sorry.
It is arguable that the emotional pain Jesus endured as He approached the cross was even more severe than the physical pain of his torture and death, as excruciating as that was. The depression and sorrow that He endured on our behalf took Him to hellish depths. This was part of His suffering, maybe even the worst part.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God… -I Peter 3:18
He did it for us. He did it for you. Today rather than focusing on what someone did to us, may the Lord help us to focus on what Someone did for us.
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.