“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me'” (1 Corinthians 11:23).
Being a human being involves being betrayed. It happens to everyone at some stage in our lives and it hurts a great deal. Those who are ill are more fragile and vulnerable, so hurtful comments make us feel even more betrayed.
Most difficult is when it’s those that are closest that betray you.
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that it feels like a knife in the heart! The grief that follows is painful beyond words.
So, after the tears, then what?
These verses (above) from 1 Corinthians 11 show us Jesus’ response to betrayal.
Wow! Betrayed and thanks are in the same sentence!
When you’ve been betrayed have you given thanks? My track record says that I haven’t. Yet here is Jesus giving thanks, knowing He was being betrayed by His close friend, Judas.
I’ve read it so many times, but today seeing ‘betrayed’ and ‘thanks’ in the same sentence has had me scratching my head! Amazing!
Jesus knew what was about to happen. Yet, He gave thanks and gave His disciples a meaningful and practical way to remember Him through communion.
Here is the avenue to healing, when betrayed:
– Find something to give thanks to God for. Start with something, anything, then keep going.
– Remember that Jesus died on the cross for you in the practical way that He showed us, through communion.
Jesus knows what it’s like to be betrayed, so trust His love for you.
It’s not easy! It sure wasn’t for Jesus either. However, it’s worth it.
Prayer: Lord, betrayal hurts! Thank You that You understand that pain. Help me to heal and to look to Your example for me. Amen.
About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family amongst the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.
What can you thank God for? Is it possible for you to take communion, remembering that Christ died for you and understands the pain of betrayal? What else has helped you when you’ve felt betrayed?
This is JJ Heller singing “What Love Really Means.” It is a fact of life that people will disappoint us. People are not perfect. We react rather than respond. Sometimes our ignorance of w situation will cause someone great pain. Other times, we may intentionally hurt someone. But we serve a God who can step into that gap and promise that He will never forsake us. He will always love us. -Lisa