Text: Matthew 26:47-56
“Jesus, the ultimate example, knew that Judas would betray him long before he did. Jesus had already forgiven him for his betrayal before it even took place. He died to pay the sin debt for Judas and for all of us!” This is an excerpt from my blog post, Forgiveness after betrayal.
I felt it appropriate to start with this as I have written a lengthy blog on how to forgive in a situation like this. And Jesus, our ultimate example is showing us in our passage today that He did not find Judas’ actions surprising. He even instructed him in this passage, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Friend? Wow! Jesus, even knowing the hurt that Judas was about to cause, calls him friend and instructs him to just get it over with. What a picture of forgiveness He gives!
The forgiveness that Jesus offers us is no different. He offers us the forgiveness of sins, the cleansing of our sinful nature, and eternal life…even though we have betrayed Him just as Judas has! As we begin this new year, I challenge us all to look deep into our hearts and see if there is any forgiveness we need to ask for or offer. Lets start this year off right!
What an example we have in Christ our Lord! He came to show forgiveness in the midst of betrayal and to give us an example of how to forgive as well!