Sadly, we have all been on both sides of this word. We have each tasted the bitterness of betrayal. Of having trust violated. Of having what you thought you knew, to be built on a foundation that could not hold it. Betrayal’s reach can be long.
Unfortunately, we also have also eaten the bitter fruit of being the betrayer.
This passage catches my breath:
The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
On the very night he was betrayed, where was Jesus? Still engaged. He was with his imperfect community. He talked to both Judas and Peter, both who would betray him. Jesus knows betrayal.
But what did he leave us with? “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
So this week, we will wrestle with betrayal, both those times we have been betrayed and those when we have betrayed others. Tag your photos with #VelvetAshesBetrayal on Instagram. Gather with us at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST where you can link up blog posts and join the conversation in the comments.