Summary: We will examine what Jesus did in the face of betrayal.
• SLIDE #1
• Over the next four weeks, we are going to examine four words that are a part of Easter. Three of the four words are heartbreaking to think about; nonetheless, they are a part of what happened to Jesus as He was going to sacrifice His life so that people could have their sins forgiven.
• This week, the word is BETRAYED.
• Have you ever been betrayed by someone close to you? Someone who was in your inner circle, someone you trusted? How do you feel about that person now?
• Would you sacrifice your life for one who betrayed you?
• Being betrayed can bring out the worst in people. Betrayal can lead to feelings of anger, and can lead to thoughts of revenge. Betrayal ruins relationships, some which may be decades long.
• Betrayal is hard to deal with.
• Jesus spent the better part of three years with His disciples. They were a close-knit group, although the group has its struggles at times.
• Jesus knew He was going to be betrayed, He knew Judas was going to sell Him out, yet here is Jesus, getting ready to go to the cross for mankind.
• As it is with Jesus, even in the midst of betrayal, Jesus was able to show us what He was all about.
• He was not wrought with anger, hatred, and vengeance, instead Jesus was able to display to the world who He was.
• The way Jesus was able to deal with the betrayal from Judas can inspire us to make the best out of a bad situation.
• Today we will examine how Jesus acted in the face of betrayal.
• SLIDE #2
• John 18:1–4 (HCSB) — 1 After Jesus had said these things, He went out with His disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, and He and His disciples went into it. 2 Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with His disciples. 3 So Judas took a company of soldiers and some temple police from the chief priests and the Pharisees and came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, knowing everything that was about to happen to Him, went out and said to them, “Who is it you’re looking for?”
• SLIDE #3
I. Jesus displayed supreme courage.
• After He said these things refers to John 14-17. Once they left the upper room where Judas departed In order to go betray Jesus, Jesus and the remaining 11 disciples left to head to the Garden of Gethsemane.
• WE are told they went out across the Kidron Valley.
• SLIDE #4 KIDRON VALLEY
• It was a valley that ran north and south between Jerusalem and the Mt of Olives.
• Jesus goes with His disciples to pray to get ready for what was about to happen to Him.
• John does not go into the time in prayer Jesus spent, John goes right to the arrest in the garden.
• The garden was a place of comfort for Jesus. When He entered the garden, Mark 14:33-34 tells us that Jesus asked the disciples to wait outside the gate, SIT HERE, while HE was going to pray, we are further told that Peter, James, and John entered the garden with Him.