The Sadness of Betrayal

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Leviticus 15-16; Matthew 27:1-26


When Judas, who betrayed Jesus, saw that Jesus was condemned to die, he felt deep regret. He returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, and said, “I did wrong because I betrayed an innocent man.”

But they said, “What is that to us? That’s your problem.” Judas threw the silver pieces into the temple and left. Then he went and hanged himself (Matthew 27:3-5, Common English Bible).

I don’t know how many times I have read Matthew 27:3-5 over the years. Every time I read it I find myself shaking my head. Most of the time I shake my head at Judas for betraying Jesus for such a small price. But, then again, if you would do it for any price, large or small, you are a betrayer.

When I started shaking my head this time I realized I wasn’t shaking my head at Judas but at Chief Priests and Elders. They knew Jesus was innocent. They knew they had to take him to Pilate on trumped-up charges. They also knew Judas’ betrayal really was meaningless to their purposes. All he did was lead them to Jesus, something they could have done all on their own.

I guess what bothers me most with the Chief Priests and Elders is, they had the opportunity to give grace to someone they had led down a wrong path, and they chose to do nothing. Sometimes our decisions to do nothing can bring great harm.

Still, at the end of the day, Judas did betray Jesus. I recently read a quote that said, “The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies, it comes from those you trust most.” While I was looking for the author I now know is anonymous I was on a website that allows comments. One person said, “They are your enemy only you don’t know it yet as they are masquerading as your friend.”

I think Jesus always knew who and what Judas would turn out to be. Still, there was a level of trust that Judas betrayed, perhaps if not to Jesus, as Jesus knew what was coming, but certainly to the other eleven. That kind of broken trust is difficult to bear. It is evident that the pain was still very present by the way the Gospel writers deal with Judas.

The Chief Priests and the Elders were many things but they were not betrayers. They never portrayed themselves as Jesus’ friend. They always saw him as one who was a threat to their power and as such needed to be dealt with in the firmest ways possible. Hence, an innocent man died the most heinous death the Roman Empire had to give. It was a death made far worse by the additional punishment Jesus received before being sent to the cross and on his way there.

And, I can’t help but believe, had Judas given Jesus the chance to do so, he would have found that Jesus would have forgiven even the likes of him. And, if Jesus can forgive Judas, I think there is more than hope for we who believe.

Have a great day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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