And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” And they all left him and fled.
by: Joy Choquette.
It would be an unusual person who made it through life without experiencing abandonment. Friendships go sour, parents leave, spouses decide they do not want to be married anymore. Jesus was perfectly God and perfectly human all in one. He knew what it felt like to be abandoned. He was deserted by those whom He loved and shared His life with. This passage reminds us that the betrayal we have experienced or are experiencing is one that Jesus understands. Invite Him into the pain. Ask Him to strengthen you—to help you start fresh. Lean on Him and rely on His love—His never-ending, always present love for you today.