Summary: Part 2 in a 4 part series... This message uses Jesus’ example in John 13 to talk about how we really should treat our betrayer... With LOVE!!!
You may be seated in the presence of the Lord... Somebody oughta say "amen".. Amen. Those youth & young adults really sang this morning. Whoa! Y’all was tearin’ it up! Amen. Well, if you will recall on last week I began this sermon series on betrayal with you and I started out with the message, "Betrayed!" And boy, did we have deliverance in the house! Amen! Hallelujiah! And so this week, now having laid the foundation about this thing called betrayal, I now want to go a little bit deeper and hopefully even challenge you and move us all to another level as the people of God. Now, I have to warn you that this is going to be a hard word, so I hope y’all got your shout in on last week and sent me all my flowers by now, because after this word you might not like me too much, but i’m gonna preach it anyhow... Can I get a witness up in here? And I wanma use the same text I used on last week, but I wanna focus in on a different verse if I may. Look at verse number 22, Jesus gives Judas the bread dipped in hyssop, and shares it with him even though he knows he’s going to betray him. umm, hmmm. And that’s, that’s what’s really nawing at me & so if I could for just a few minutes as the Holy Ghost shall lead and guide I want to talk from the subject or title of, "How To Treat Your Betrayer." Look at your nieghbor & tell em "Nieghbor, How To Treat Your Betrayer." Ahh, y’all ain’t liking me already.
hmm, My brothers & my sisters, I am convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that this particular text with Jesus washing the disciples feet and then supping with them and still yet even though including his betrayer, even up to dipping the bread in hyssop & sharing it with his betrayer, which if you recall I told you on last week is a sign of honor & respect, shows us by Jesus’ example just how we ought to treat our betrayers. umm, hmm. And I know, I know... You thought that you were supposed to hate the one that betrayed you and pray all kinds of mean & evil against them but i’m here to tell you today THAT’s NOT what God would have you to do. mm, hmmm. And in this particular text here I believe Jesus shows us some ways that we need to treat our betrayers, and I thought maybe I should just go ahead & share them with you the people of God and let you know what they are, so can I go ahead & teach you for a minute? The first way you need to respond to or treat your betrayal is to realize that it has the potential to happen. Yeah, we need to stop living in this unrealistic fantasy world where everything always goes our way and everything is well and everybody’s cool with us and where there’s absoloutely nothing going wrong!! THAT’s JUST NOT HOW IT IS BABY!!! Look in John 13:21, Jesus said, "One of you is going to betray me." He didn’t try to fight it, hide it, run scared from it or move it away, HE KNEW! So he was prepared & he just allowed it to happen & went with the flow! When you’re prepared for something you tend to handle it better! So we need to stop living in this cookie cutter world & GET REAL! Somebody oughta shout "GET REAL!"