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“Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said…” (Mt. 26:20-25).
Today is a day wherein I find myself in a peculiar position. Today is Good Friday and we, as Christians, understand it to be the day in which our Lord and Savior was betrayed and crucified. Here is the interesting parallel (of sorts) with my current situation. I find myself in a position of having been betrayed by one of the people I selected to work with me on our firm’s new operational project.
The individual smiles with me and presents as one eager to learn how to successfully navigate within our firm. You know, the consummate mentee and professional. This individual has been within proximity of me when making strategic decisions. This individual has been within proximity of me when executing those strategic plans. This individual has even broken bread and fellowshipped with me and the rest of the team. See where I am going with this?
I find it so interesting that this is all happening during the Passion Week and culminating on Good Friday. While I am walking into this situation with eyes wide open, I am thankful to our Heavenly Father for His faithfulness. Here’s why:
“Several weeks ago, I had a dream. In the dream, I was visiting with a beautiful family in my neighborhood. We were enjoying good fellowship. Beautiful times. Then, as I prepared to depart for home, I exchanged farewells and proceeded to leave the family’s home. When I exited the home, my friend offered to walk with me to my home. I agreed. We were accompanied by another gentleman, whose identity was unknown. Upon arriving in the front of my home, my friend pulled out a knife and began to stab me repeatedly in the back. As I fell to the ground, this friend and the other man began to kick me repeatedly and said, “This is what you get.” Then, I awakened immediately.
God was preparing me in advance for this moment. Hence, the struggle I encountered this week. It has been an emotional roller coaster wherein my faith was being challenged and my strength had been depleted. As I welcomed the victorious entrance into my “Jerusalem” on early yesterday afternoon, later in the day, I received the message that I had been betrayed by the same individual mentioned above.
Jesus, too, had chosen His disciples. He walked with them. He mentored them. He fellowshipped with them. Yet, he knew that He would be betrayed by one of them. Although, He knew this, He continued to walk with all of them in the same manner as He had done before. Then came the evening of the Last Supper…
The same one who would betray Him would also break bread with Him. This same one betrayed Him because he thought he could force Jesus to become King and deliver Israel from the hand of Rome. Good intentions, bad decision. What he did not realize is that he was actually helping Jesus fulfill God’s prophetic utterance through His servants. By betraying Jesus and sending him to the Cross, Judas actually assisted Jesus in fulfilling His purpose for coming to the earth.
While I am in no way saying that I am Jesus. Not even on a good day. What I am saying is my “Judas” is disappointed with me because I elected to do what was right as opposed to being manipulated into conforming to what was thought to be the best course of action. This person has gone behind my back to the powers that be to “sell me out” and was rewarded with a promotion (30 pieces of silver).
In understanding all of this, I am grateful for the God I serve. Why? Because “…yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me…” (Ps. 23:4). God has forewarned me and if I choose to ignore His warning, then the consequences are mine to bear. However, if I take heed to the myriad of warnings I have received from Him, then I shall be vindicated…I shall arise from this…and LIVE!!!