42 A second time he went off and prayed. “My Father, if this cup cannot pass away unless I drink it, let what you want be done.” 43 Again he returned and found them sleeping, their eyes were so heavy.
44 Leaving them again, he went off and prayed a third time, saying the same words. 45 Then he came to the talmidim (disciples/students) and said, “For now, go on sleeping, take your rest. . . . Look! The time has come for the Son of Man to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up! Let’s go! Here comes my betrayer!”
47 While Yeshua was still speaking, Y’hudah (Judas) (one of the Twelve!) came, and with him a large crowd carrying swords and clubs, from the head cohanim (priest) and elders of the people. 48 The betrayer had arranged to give them a signal: “The man I kiss is the one you want — grab him!” 49 He went straight up to Yeshua, said, “Shalom, Rabbi!” and kissed him. 50 Yeshua said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they moved forward, laid hold of Yeshua and arrested him.
Betrayal... We have all felt the sting of someone who we thought loved us, and then turned away. Whether they "fell asleep" and didn't really seem to care as we fought battles in our mind and heart, or they outwardly kissed us and turned others against us as well; betrayal hurts.
Jesus knew what was happening to Him. He knew He had to die. But even He did not want to face the "defeat" of death. It was a heavy load to carry. He wanted the Father to take the cup from Him, if possible. He knew it wasn't.
As He was crying out, He wanted the support of His "friends" and they fell asleep.
I can only imagine how alone and empty Jesus felt in those moments.
Then, He turns and sees the one who is going to betray Him coming. Yet another "defeat." What did Jesus say in those moments??? "Friend..." Jesus called Judas a friend! Judas turned others against Him and He still chose to call Him a friend.
And, the betrayal was done with a kiss. A kiss is usually something special.
There are so many points of pain in this passage. So many pieces that could make a person's heart question and be filled with pain.
The disciples had no idea how the scenario was going to play out. We see the ending, but the disciples had no clue or idea.
Friends, today we need to plow through the pain. We need to plow through the hurt. We will be tired from the battle. We will be questioning what is happening, but we TRUST that God has the answer and HE is in control.
Thankful today for the answers that we have in HIM.