When those faces turned their backs on me and pretended not to know me, it cut me like a knife.
Reference: v.65 And they said many other insulting things to him. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Moving schools is often difficult yet when you move with friends it makes things easier. Well, that is what I thought when I had to move schools in Year 11. My previous school had closed down and so the whole student body had to find new places of education. I ended up going to a school with a number of my friends. It was nice to turn up to a new place and recognise some of the faces. However, when those faces turned their backs on me and pretended not to know me, it cut me like a knife. I remember one conversation amongst a whole group of girls – both known and new – that I tried to join. We were all chatting when an old friend of mine positioned herself in such a way that I was no longer a part of the circle and therefore left out of the conversation. This small incident scarred me for life. Not only did I feel rejected but also betrayed by someone who was supposed to be my friend.
Application: When we look at the story of Jesus' crucifixion we often focus on the brutal physical treatment he had to endure during his trial. However, the rejection and betrayal from his disciples and friends would have been just as devastating for Him as the whipping and beating that occurred. Judas, Jesus' disciple, led the arresting party while Peter, one of Jesus' closest friends, openly confessed that he had nothing to do with Jesus – not once but three times. This kind of treatment makes my betrayal seem so trivial. And yet Jesus endured his trial with dignity and integrity and even forgave us all for betraying Him. What love, what grace, what mercy! It may be beyond our understanding but may we be forever grateful.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the price You paid. Forgive me when I betray You and turn my back on You. Amen.
How have you betrayed Jesus or turned your back on Him?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.