It’s not often we betray a friend stabbing him/her in the back as Brutus did to Caesar. No we’re more like Judas’ betrayal away from the crowd.

One Word –

So he [Judas Iscariot] consented and sought an opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of a crowd. Luke 22:6

Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 18, 19, 20; Luke 22

Big Idea –

Most of us are familiar with the story of Jesus’ betrayal. Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, goes to the religious leaders and agrees to deliver Jesus into their hands. The price for his betrayal – thirty pieces of silver. After Jesus eats His Last Supper with the disciples, they make their way to the Garden of Gethsemane. It is here Judas leads armed guards, and finding Jesus betrays Him with a kiss.

Yet from this familiar story these words stood out to me as I read them. Judas “sought an opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of a crowd.” Jesus could have been arrested in the Temple, but the religious leaders feared the crowd would riot. And Judas provided them the chance to arrest Jesus when He was away from all the people. The Garden of Gethsemane provided Judas the perfect time and place.

You and I are a lot like Judas. We too seize the opportunity and betray Jesus “in absence of a crowd.” How often are we by ourselves or away from the ‘crowd’ we are normally with and find ourselves doing and saying things we would not otherwise do? Our sin is a betrayal of Jesus’ love for us.

And we betray Jesus for a lot less than thirty pieces of silver.

Exemplify –

I want to be true to my commitment to Jesus as my LORD and not betray Him when I’m away from the crowd.

Yes to Yield –

LORD Jesus, thank You for giving Your Holy Spirit to be with me always, leading and guiding me in truth. Forgive me for the times when I’m alone or away from the ‘crowd’ and give into temptation. Help me to recognize those times when I’m vulnerable and see how You are faithful to help me not accept the trivial things of this world to betray You.

If you’re new to Living It Now, you can find an explanation of the O-B-E-Y journal on the Hearing and Doing page, or the sample post Guard Duty.

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