by Charles H. Spurgeon

The Betrayal
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Luke 22:47-48

When Satan had been entirely worsted in his conflict with Christ in the garden, the man-devil Judas came upon the scene. As the Parthian in his flight turns around to shoot the fatal arrow, so the archenemy aimed another shaft at the Redeemer, by employing the traitor into whom he had entered. Judas became the Devil's deputy, and a most trusty and serviceable tool he was. The Evil One had taken entire possession of the apostate's heart, and, like the swine possessed of devils he ran violently downward toward destruction. Well had infernal malice selected the Savior's trusted friend to be His treacherous betrayer, for thus He stabbed at the very center of His broken and bleeding heart.

But, beloved, as in all things God is wiser than Satan, and the Lord of goodness outwits the Prince of Evil, so, in this dastardly betrayal of Christ, prophecy was fulfilled, and Christ was the more surely declared to be the promised Messiah. Was not Joseph a type? and, lo! like that envied youth, Jesus was sold by His own brethren. Was He not to be another Samson, by whose strength the gates of hell should be torn from their posts? lo! like Samson, He is bound by His countrymen and delivered to the adversary. Do you not know that He was the antitype of David? and was not David deserted by Ahithophel, his own familiar friend and counselor? No, brethren, do not the words of the psalmist receive a literal fulfillment in our Master's betrayal? What prophecy can be more exactly true than the language of Psalm 41 and 55? In Psalm 41 we read, "Yea, mine own familiar friend in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me"; and in Psalm 55 the psalmist is yet more clear, "For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: but it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine ...

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