Have you ever been deeply let down by someone in your life? Ever felt betrayed and experienced the pain of that? It’s as near a physical pain as any I think we could endure. There’s something to our connection with fellow human beings that sort of gives us a sense of completion…and when that gets severed, the fallout can sometimes be crippling.
Jesus was no stranger to betrayal. Neither is God for that matter; one only has to think back to the Garden of Eden and a tree God’s precious image bearers were not to eat from.
We’re going to read Luke 22:47-53 this Sunday.
We know he anticipated it, but how do you think Jesus felt when he saw Judas’ face with all the people who had come to arrest him? You can tell by their reaction how the disciples felt. Suddenly there is shouting and screaming and an ear spinning through the night air.
The disciples were ready for defense…but what was Jesus’ reaction to that? How does that square with your normal reaction to being betrayed or mistreated?
In contrast to lashing out to do harm….what action did Jesus do, and to whom? Do you think this becomes an example for us – why or why not? How difficult is it for you to follow this lead? Are there ways you’ve learned to be forgiving and do good to those who abuse you? If so, share them with us.
This should be a good topic to consider Sunday morning…and then discuss at a home group later on!
Home group leaders – here’s your guide for this week! leaders guide 22-47-53