WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14
“While He was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss Him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Luke 22:47-48 (ESV)
CLOSE TO THE TRUTH: PRETENDING
On September 15, 2009 The Associated Press ran this story — Police say a 15-year-old Texas boy stabbed his mother in the back with a 6-inch kitchen knife while pretending to hug her after an argument. Police arrested the teen Tuesday in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine about three hours after his mother called police. Authorities say the woman was treated at a Dallas hospital for a non-life-threatening wound. Police say the boy and his mom had an argument Monday night. He allegedly pretended to apologize Tuesday, then stabbed her while they embraced. The mother ran to her bedroom, locked the door and called 911. The boy’s identity is being withheld because of his age, but he faces a juvenile charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
He literally stabbed his mom in the back. The expression “stab in the back” is the idea of harming someone who trust you. Judas didn’t stab Jesus in the back, but he kissed Him on the cheek. A “kiss” on the cheek was a common middle eastern form of greeting and friendship. Judas told Jesus’ enemies that he would let them know which man in the group was Jesus by kissing Him on the cheek. He pretended to greet and befriend Jesus to betray Him. Which raises an interesting question, “How long had Judas been pretending to love Jesus?”
Can you think of a time when someone figuratively “stabbed you in the back?” Perhaps it was a spouse, a friend, coworker or family member. When it happens, there are all sorts of mixed emotions. Can you think of a time when you “figuratively” stabbed Jesus in the back? Is there anything in your life now that contradicts what you say you believe about Jesus? Jesus said in John 14:23, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep my commands.” Ask God to show you any area of your life where your actions contradict your declaration of love for Him.