WEDNESDAY March 28, 2018
Then He [Jesus] came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”
After Jesus prayed and submitted His will to the will of the Father, He went back to the sleeping disciples to get them up. It was time; everything He had been telling them would happen. His time was at hand. There would be one more earthly journey for Christ––it would be to the cross, but after His death, there would be an incredible event––the resurrection!
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus knew Judas would betray Him, but it must have broken His heart. This man was chosen to be a part of Jesus’ Twelve Disciples; he walked with the Lord for three and a half years. Yet, as one of His closest friends, he chose to betray Him.
As we read about the betrayal and arrest of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, our attention focuses on the character of Judas Iscariot. We cannot imagine how he could have so willingly betrayed Him to the religious leaders. It is beyond us. But John 12:4-6 reveals to us his true character when Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus’ feet:
But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.
Even though Judas was a thief and betrayed Him, Jesus was broken- hearted for His friend—for his lost soul. Does your heart break for lost souls?
If the soul be lost, the man is lost.
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