What Jesus Did! 'Betrayal' — Luke 22:47-48

Monday, December 11, 2023

But even as Jesus [told the disciples to pray to avoid temptation], a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss. But Jesus said, "Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?"
— Luke 22:47-48 NLT

Key Thought

The phrase that hurts me most for Jesus in this passage is "one of the twelve disciples." Jesus was betrayed by one of his own. Not only that, he was betrayed by an act of loving greeting. Everything about this event is hurtful and horrifying. How can someone with whom you've shared your most intimate moments and deepest truths give you up to those who hate you? Unfortunately, it happens all too frequently. However, when we go through such trials, we can be assured that Jesus knows our pain and lovingly draws alongside us to comfort us. He has been there. He suffered excruciating pain set up by the betrayal of one of his closest friends. So in our hurt, let us draw near to him and know that he is there to help us make it through our hours of deepest darkness and despair.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for being so close and personal. Thank you for not being far off and detached. Thank you for experiencing our earthly pain when Jesus was one of us. I now draw near to receive your grace and help in my time of need. In the name of Jesus, my faithful friend, Lord, and Savior, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 55:16-23
  • Proverbs 27:6
  • Hebrews 4:14-16


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Illustration of Luke 22:47-48 NLT — "Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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