Betrayal is an agony like no other. There are no wounds quite as devastating as those inflicted upon us by one we thought a trusted friend. Jesus knew this pain. His close friend, whom he had taught, loved and shared meals with for years, sold him out for thirty silver coins. And yet Jesus shows us that even this pain can be redeemed; because of his experience, he shows us that none of us has to suffer through betrayal alone. Our God is willing to walk that lonely painful path with us.
Pain does not necessarily lead to growth in character. Improperly processed, pain can leader us to bittiness, despair and destruction. Yet Jesus demonstrates that we can choose to use our pain to provide us the coin to purchase empathy and compassion for others, that they might receive the comfort we ourselves have received from leaning on God.
How did Jesus deal with betrayal? He remained steadfast. He remained true to his identity, and refused to exact revenge, nor even defend himself. This same will be true for you too as you look to him during your time of trouble. When you are betrayed, there is nothing better to do but commit yourself to God and take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Pray that the character being cultivated in you and the glory you will one day see, will far outweigh the pain of the difficult moments you are experiencing. This is the hope that is found in the Gospel and in the testimony of the Resurrected Son of God.
"Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me." (Psalm 41:9)