Betrayed, Bruised and Battered: Behold His Glory.
Jesus was betrayed with a kiss. In the presence of His enemies, it was by Judas Iscariot Jesus was betrayed. Judas had secretly abandoned the faith. It was Judas who secretly gave Jesus the kiss of death. It was the disciple who pretended to be a friend. It was Judas, who betrayed our precious Jesus, in the presence of His enemies. Judas betrayed our merciful , meek and kind Saviour… Was it not this same Jesus who healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, showed mercy and pity to the weak, had compassion for the poor, who performed many wondrous miracles?
Jesus felt the wound of betrayal deep within His heart. Was it not Jesus who held Judas hand to show Him mercy? Was it not Jesus who poured so much time and energy into the life of Judas, training him and spending time with him? Was it not Jesus who showed Judas the way of righteousness, yet it was Judas who stabbed Him in the back.
As the chief priests, elders and crowd of spectators, gathered against our precious Lord and Saviour with swords and clubs, Jesus felt the pain of abandonment. Jesus reminded himself that it was the fulfilment of Scripture and submitted to it all (Psalm 41:9, Lamentations 4:20, Isaiah 53:7, Isaiah 53:8).
Yet again, Jesus felt the pain of betrayal when all His disciples fled and left Him. Jesus knew they would run away from Him. He predicted this in John 16:32. Zechariah long predicted the scattering of the Sheep in Zechariah 13:7. Our precious Lord and Saviour was a man of many sorrows.
On the way to Calvary Jesus wept. Why did they bruise our merciful Saviour in this manner? It was done in the place called SKULL, a terrible, dark place of no return.
Weep for our precious Lord, look at what they did to Him, see how they treated Him? With scorn and hatred in their eyes, they bruised and scourged Him.
Weep, weep and consider what Jesus went through. These evil people gave Jesus sour wine to drink. He refused it…
“I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” -Matthew 26:29.
As we eat the Bread and Drink the Wine, we commune with Christ. Jesus suffered in obedience, paying a heavy price, purchasing the New Wine for those who believe in Him, to drink freely.
As you drink the Wine, remember the blood that Jesus shed. All who have suffered with Christ will also reign with Him. With glorious robes of righteousness, adorned crowns of beauty on their heads, they will join Christ. The righteous will dine at the Marriage supper of the Lamb.
“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” Isaiah 53:2.
Those who do not despise His broken body, all who suffer for Christ’s sake will be beautified and glorified with Him in glory. Hallelujah!
As we think about the sorrow of Christ, let us weep, but not with tears of sorrow, let us weep with tears of Joy, in deep gratitude and thanksgiving for what our beautiful, compassionate Saviour has done. He is Worthy! Let our hearts be filled with praise.
Jesus Christ is our righteousness.
Written by Ruth Dickson
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