Betraying a Friend Has Consquences

The popular quote “Beware the Ides of March” (March 15th) was made infamous by Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s play of that title. Equally infamous is: “Et tu Brute?” Latin for: “And you, too, Brutus?” Caesar reportedly stated that to his friend, Marcus Brutus, while Brutus was literally stabbing him in the back.

Betrayal from a friend is perhaps one of the most gut-kicking, heart-wrenching, back-stabbing experiences known to man. It’s also one of the most common. Can you relate? Those from all kinds of broken relationships can — marriages, friendships and partnerships.

The Bible gives account of King David who was betrayed by his sons, and his closest counselors, and his friend-father-in-law, King Saul. Psalm 55:12-14; 38:11; 41:9 all show David’s severe sadness: “If an enemy were insulting me I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship…” (Psalm 58:12-14).

Jesus was betrayed by his own people: “He came to his own people and they received him not” (John 1:11) and by his friend, Judas, with whom he’d dined, lived and served (Luke 22:48).

Nevertheless,  the Bible says when we continue sinning, we are betraying Jesus all over again, we trample His cross, scorn His sacrifice, and mock His sacrificial death: “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment…” (Hebrews 10:26-29).

The “Good News” however is: JESUS PAID IT ALL. All to Him we owe. If we love and follow Him (John 1:12; 11:25) we are headed for real life here and eternal life with Him forever. Hopefully you will be included among whom Jesus has paid the price of salvation and eternal life.

By: Pastor Rick Sams

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