What Jesus Did! 'Betrayed in the Place of Friends' — John 18:1-3

Monday, November 5, 2018

When Jesus finished praying, he left with his followers. They went across the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden {of olive trees}. Jesus and his followers went there. Judas knew where this place was, because Jesus met there often with his followers. Judas was the one that turned against Jesus. So Judas led a group of soldiers to the garden. Judas also brought some guards from the leading priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns, and weapons.
— John 18:1-3 NLT
Illustration of John 18:1-3 NLT —  Judas knew where this place was, because Jesus met there often with his followers.

Key Thought

Judas knew where to find Jesus; Jesus took his disciples here many times to pray and be with his disciples. Unfortunately, Satan still uses people close to God's children to wound and betray them in places where they feel they should be safe. That makes the wound all the more grievous and the methods of betrayal all the more harsh and garish. The very acts of betrayal seem to make the once holy places defiled. We must recognize, however, that the place and the people where we are betrayed are not the problem. Satan is! If Jesus was betrayed by one close to him, we should not expect things to be all that different for us. But, we must not let that keep us from God's people or God's places! If Satan can keep us from Jesus' disciples and the place of prayer and fellowship, then he has us just where he wants us. Don't let the unfaithfulness of others drive you from the people of God!

Today's Prayer

Father, give me strength and courage to never let the ruthless and duplicitous actions of others drive me from your people or the places I need to go for strength, encouragement, and support. Jesus, please come to me and minister to my broken spirit in times like these. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 10:16-22
  • John 15:21
  • 1 John 3:13

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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