Mark 14:44-46

Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. The men seized Jesus and arrested him.

Insight: The betrayer mentioned above was Jesus’ disciple named Judas. He had been with Jesus and the other 11 disciples for 3.5 years but his greed and hardened heart allowed him to betray Jesus. Jesus could have fought and had angels defend him but he chose to allow himself to both be betrayed and to be arrested. All of this was the result of his great love for us. Sadly, racked with regret, Judas would later take his own life. But Jesus would go to the cross, die, and then three days later rise from the dead.

Prayer: God, will you take the betrayals i’ve faced and bring new life out of it.

Jeffery Portmann