The Kiss of Betrayal

by Mary Beth on March 28, 2017

As Holy Week-Passion week approaches,

we remember our Lord Jesus; our suffering Servant.

Jesus suffered as a thing to be despised, rejected by man,

a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.

We thought of him as someone punished,

struck by God, and brought low.

Isaiah 53:2-5 & Lamentations 1: 12, 16, 21

Jesus endured suffering.

Even his own disciples failed to understand his kingdom rule,

of sacrificial love for God’s glory.

“All the disciples left him and ran away.”    ~Matthew 26:56

 

Likewise, as a Biblical believer and followers of Christ,

we’ll encounter rejection,

betrayal, misunderstandings and “bruising”

from those closest to us,

even chosen friends.

The poem below, a journal entry I wrote years ago,

specifically during Lent season.

I had experienced betrayal from a close friend.

When friends flee causing similar pain,

Christ offers us his example to love patiently, even to endure pain.

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The Veil

Such friends are but trouble,

Unless walking side by side.

The soul exposing an imposter; a double.

Truth that sharpens, cuts and divides.

Many claim boldly to love.

Bringing a shadow of service,

What is the kiss?

Betrayal or an honest answer?

Conditional, upon the well they sip.

God of all comfort & compassion oversee,

A boldness must breathe, rest and plea,

Content in our deeper soul, I pray.

Mighty Warrior of the soul,

Tear the veil, chip away, and awaken our hearts!

Reign through your beauty and art.

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“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord,
the veil is taken away.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is freedom.”
~2Corinthians 3: 17

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 “How painful are honest words! 
Does he not see my ways and count my every step?
       If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit
—let God weigh me in honest scales and He will know that I am blameless
                     –if my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes,
or if my hands have been defiled,
                                       then may others eat what I have sown.”
~Job 6:25, 31: 4-8

 

“{Pain} removes the veil, 
it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.”    ~C.S.Lewis

 

“Therefore, my brothers, therefore, sisters dear,

However I, troubled or selfish, fail

In tenderness, or grace, or service clear,

I every moment draw to you more near;

God in us from our hearts veil after veil

Keeps lifting, till we see with his own sight,

And all together run in unity’s delight.”

~George MacDonald, Diary of an Old Soul

 

God’s tenacious love, truth and merciful call for our obedience to be holy

will show forth as fruit on a tree.

Even Job knew, personally experienced this truth that

sharpened his soul among friends.

                           As Rabbi Abraham Heschel states: 

“Faith like Jobs cannot be shaken because it is the result of having been shaken.”

Lord Jesus, help us to live an adequate thank you.

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