Week 44 Day 3
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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John 12: 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.[b]” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
John the disciple lived until nearly 98 AD. Trajan was the emperor of Rome and persecution abounded. Even from the distance of time the, pain John felt at Judas’ betrayal of his beloved Savior and friend, Jesus, was palpable. Although John had come to understand forgiveness, that pain is almost palpable as he, I believe, is seeking to understand the motivation from the human side for the unconscionable act of cowardice.
Have you ever been betrayed? Has someone you loved, invested yourself in turned on you and utterly discarded everything you thought had been built up in your relationship? The pain lingers. Even though forgiveness may come, and truly must come, the pain of betrayal hurts most of all.
John could not forget Judas any more than you can forget the pain you received at the hands of one who betrayed you. Just remember this. Jesus words from the cross. “Father, forgive them they don’t know what they’re doing.” (Luke 23:24)
John came to understand that God’s plan was in force all of the time in Jesus’ life. Perhaps you may take some comfort in knowing that God’s plan for your life, although it may entail some strife, pain, and betrayal will, n the end if you remain true finally bring you home to His side.