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MARCH 2024

Holy Wednesday: Betrayal of a Friend

by | 202403, Devotionals

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Narrated by Peter Kairuz & Written by Abi Lam-Parayno

Happy Resurrection Sunday! On this important day, let’s reflect on the reality of Christ’s resurrection.

Si Judas Iscariote, na kabilang sa Labindalawa, ay pumunta sa mga punong pari upang ipagkanulo si Jesus. Natuwa sila nang marinig nila ang alok ni Judas at nangakong bibigyan siya ng salapi. Mula noo’y humanap na si Judas ng pagkakataong maipagkanulo si Jesus.

Marcos 14:10–11

Have you ever been betrayed by someone? Yung kasa-kasama mo lang one moment then you find that person spreading rumors against you the next. How many times have we heard of a person spilling somebody else’s secrets in exchange for something like fame, a job placement, a more popular friend group, or even money? In social media alone, we read of friends unfriending each other, business partners turning on each other, celebrities ratting on other celebrities, and even couples separating,

Betrayal is such a messy word. With it comes malice, anger, heartaches, crushed dreams and promises, even broken lives. When a person betrays you, your heart and mind are flooded with negative emotions and thoughts. Masakit ang ma-deceive at mapagtaksilan, pero di hamak na mas masakit when it is someone you consider a friend who stabs you in the back.

This is exactly what Jesus felt because He considered, and treated Judas Iscariot as His friend. Judas fellowshipped with Him, ministered with Him, dined and even kissed Him on the cheek to greet Him. Tapos, bigla na lang, for the sake of thirty pieces of silver, Judas turned his back on Jesus. What makes the betrayal even more painful was the fact that it was not a spur of the moment decision. It says in the fourth verse of Luke 22, “And Judas… discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.” It was premeditated. Pinag-isipan, pinagplanuhan!

Thank you for joining us on our series this Holy Week. We hope your understanding of the sufferings, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ has deepened and your faith in Him is strengthened.

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LET’S PRAY

Dear Father, being a Christian does not exempt me from the temptation of giving in to my own selfish motives. . Remind me that if something will cost the trust of my friends, especially if it will cause others to stumble, and throw dirt on Your Holy Name, that I should walk away from the trap.  

APPLICATION

Are you facing a situation that is coaxing you to double-cross someone? Put yourself in their shoes and imagine the affliction and grief it will cost you. Analyze how this will pierce and agonize not only the person whose trust you broke, but Jesus Christ, too.

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