The irony of Jesus’ betrayal really stood out to me as I read through the account today. The juxtaposition of the betrayal with the kiss. A kiss seems so sweet from a child, a lover, a friend, a parent. An embrace seems so reassuring and warm. Yet here at Jesus’ end it is a most cruel irony. It clearly shows the twisted nature of the sin that has grasped Judas.
The irony continues as incompetent revolutionaries, at the forefront Peter, are forbidden to fight with the swords that they have with them. Jesus asks what kind of leader the people think that he is because they come for him brandishing weapons. Christ was submitting with non-violence to what he knew would be a violent end.
So it is with us. We watch loved ones who have been so strong struggle despite their lives being marked by a faithfulness to God. We see the cruel effects of sin as spouses divorce each other and act with more venom and hurtful action than if they had been strangers. We fight, we hurt, we don’t understand. It’s not what we expected. It’s ironic.
Luke 22: 47-53
47 While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
49 When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.
51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”
- What did Jesus ask Judas after he had kissed him?
- What did Jesus do for the man who had his ear cut off by a disciple?
- What reigns at this time?
- How do things in your life seem to be at odds with God’s rule?
- How do you move forward in times of darkness?