by Jonathan McLeod

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Betrayed (1 of 4)
Series: The Road to Redemption
Jonathan McLeod
Mark 14:1-31

''One of you will betray me'' (v. 18).
''You will all fall away'' (v. 27).
''You will deny me three times'' (v. 30).


Many days before his crucifixion, Jesus knew he was traveling down a road that would lead to his suffering and death. On one occasion, Jesus announced, ''If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it'' (Mark 8:34-35). On the night that Jesus was arrested, the twelve disciples were more concerned with saving their lives than following Jesus. They were traitors, not loyal followers.

[Read Mark 14:1-31.]


When I say the word ''traitor,'' I'm guessing that for many of you, two people come to mind: Judas Iscariot and Benedict Arnold. Benedict Arnold was an American general who was ap-pointed to run West Point, a key military position during the Revolutionary War. Arnold betrayed America by offering to sell plans of the fort to the British for an amount that would equal $3 million today. People like Judas Iscariot and Benedict Arnold are one of most despised kinds of people. You don't want to be known as a traitor.

On the night of his arrest, Jesus made three shocking statements to his disciples.

''One of you will betray me'' (v. 18).
''You will all fall away'' (v. 27).
''You [Peter] will deny me three times'' (v. 30).

It could be said that all of the disciples betrayed Jesus. According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, ''betray'' can mean ''to give information about (a person, group, country, etc.) to an enemy'' or ''to hurt (someone who trusts you, such as a friend or relative) by not giving help or by doing something morally wrong.'' The betrayal of Judas fits the first definition. (The Greek word for ''betray'' means ''to hand over.'') The betraya ...

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