“Beware the Ides of March”. That would have been good advice for the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar back in 44BC. Perhaps had he heeded this warning he might not have gone the Theatre of Pompey where the Senate was meeting that day and been stabbed in the back by so called “friends”. Today, is the “Ides of March”; March 15th, so maybe if you suspect someone of potential betrayal you might not go near them. Jesus knew that a betrayal was in His future, and He knew where, from whom, it would come. Judas Iscariot stabbed him in the back by means of a kiss, a greeting of love and friendship. That happened on the night before His crucifixion and death, and got the ball rolling toward these two monumental events. If Jesus knew it was coming, why would He let it happen? He did so because it was part of the plan, foretold in prophecy; the plan for our salvation. Judas “sold Jesus out” because God was not about to sell us out! God the Father, with the Son and Spirit devised the plan for our salvation that included Judas and his betrayal. Jesus knows exactly what it’s like to be betrayed by a friend; the hurt, the heartache, the incredible disappointment and sorrow. He’s experienced all of our sufferings, to a far greater degree, so He knows exactly where we are and what we’re going through in troubled times. And in our times of suffering He will never turn is back, or stab us in ours. He’s always there…with us, and for us!
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009