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Day 7: Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

Reflect: Have you ever been betrayed by a friend? In verse 21, Jesus expresses His feeling of being betrayed as, “troubled in spirit.” The word in Greek for troubled is “etarachthē”. This can be translated as troubled and also as causing inner perplexity (emotional agitation) from getting too stirred up inside (upset). Jesus knew all along that Judas would betray Him; but the time was at hand and He was grieved, stirred up inside, emotionally agitated, upset by the betrayal of a friend. Much like the emotions we feel when betrayed by someone. Maybe someone has betrayed you or hurt you in some way. You probably felt or still feel like Jesus did when He was betrayed by Judas. The difference is that Jesus was perfect, so knew how to process the pain, but not let it turn into bitterness. At times, when we are hurt, we don’t process it appropriately and hold on to the pain. If we continue to hold on to the resulting hurt or pain for too long, it will turn into bitter roots and bitter roots will grow bitter fruit. The person you are hurting most, if you hold on to the hurt, is yourself.

If we continue to hold on to the resulting hurt or pain for too long, it will turn into bitter roots and bitter roots will grow bitter fruit.

Respond: Would you like to begin to walk in freedom from these hurtful emotions? What would happen if today you chose to forgive as Jesus did and to release those feelings to God? Refusing to forgive someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. But if you choose to forgive, you can have the poison removed from inside of you. Jesus understands what you are going through. He is not condemning you, but He does want to help you.

Example: Ask Jesus, “Do I have any unforgiveness in my heart from being hurt or betrayed by a friend, acquaintance or family member?” If the answer is, “yes,” take time now and talk to Jesus about it. Ask Him to begin the healing process in your heart and mind, to remove the poison and help you to walk in the freedom of forgiveness. You may have to go back day after day to ask for help in forgiving, but it will be worth it. Jesus suffered like you do so He understands all things and is available 24-7.

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