THE BETRAYAL

When we hear the word ‘Betrayal’

The first thing that may enter our mind,

Is the price of thirty pieces of silver

And the kiss that identified the Christ.

Judas was a pretender

But appeared to be genuine and true,

Since afterall he walked with Jesus

And His teachings he’d hear too.

Judas knew that Christ was pure

But the idols lurking inside his heart,

Led to a selfish love and desire for money

And that’s where his problems they did start.

Because for thirty pieces of perishable coins

He betrayed the author of life,

But his regrets they came all too late

As his soul was filled with condemnable strife.

His ending didn’t end well at all

And so tragic in many ways,

Because when we bow down to all the wrong choices

Much heartache does remain.

When our deepest desire is to store

Much treasure on this earth,

Or where pleasures become paramount

It’s where deception will be birthed.

Better are faithful wounds than kisses

When the motive is sincere,

Because there’s nothing worse than feigned affection

Or where we swallow everything we hear.

Judas should be our warning

That when mammon is placed before the Lord,

Eventually the circumstances will unfold

To reveal what in our heart is stored.

We all have betrayed God

In one way or another,

By not loving Him with all our heart

And at times not sincerely loving each other.

We cannot serve God and mammon

Since they’re opposites indeed,

And the tighter the grip on money or things

The fewer blessings from God we’ll see.

Thank God for Jesus’ sacrifice

That paid the price for all our sins,

As we appreciate the profound intercession

When we sincerely trust in Him.

(C) P.B. 2022

“Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.  Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ And kissed Him.’”  Matthew 26:48-49

“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood’…then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.”  Matthew 27:3-5

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”  Proverbs 27:6

“Hell and Destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”  Proverbs 27:20

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon.”  Matthew 6:24

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” John 1:12

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