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Only a Friend can Betray You

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 7, 2009


Isaiah 53:7 – He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

If ever there was a defense that could be made in any court case, Jesus had it.  He could have brought witness after witness to show his good character, blind men could have shown his love, cripple people his kindness, deaf and mute could speak his praises, and one very thankful woman could tell all about his rescue on the night she would be stoned.

Scores of people could have come forward from lepers that were touched by his hand to men who walked on water with him.  The testimonies were everywhere – in fact, the very people condemning him to death were witnesses.

Yet, Jesus kept silent.  Why?

Jesus said it himself,

If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid. There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid – John 5:30-32

First, it was the plan of God that Jesus would die.  That was the only way.  Any testimony would have just delayed, at best, the inevitable.

Second, he was a lamb.  His humility, spoken of earlier in Isaiah 53, was the key point of his ministry.  The first coming was like a lamb.  His next coming will be like a lion.

Finally, it showed us that we are wretched.  Remember all those that could come to his defense?  In his darkest hour, they fled.  Peter denied him, John ran away naked. What healed person came to his rescue?  What previously demon possessed person gathered up the courage to come before Pilate and plead for Jesus.  Not one.

He was despised and rejected – not just by the bad people, but by those who said they loved him. 

Remember who it was that betrayed him – Judas.  He was a friend. You can’t be betrayed by your enemy. You expect that of them, not a friend.

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