‘Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spoke of Judas Iscariot…for it was he who would betray Him...’ (John 6:70, 71)
God revealed to Jesus that He’d be betrayed and even went so far as to allow Him to choose His betrayer. But unlike most, Jesus was able to look His betrayer dead in the eye and tell him, ‘…What you do, do quickly.” (John 13:27)
I know this sounds strange because ordinarily when someone is betrayed, you tend to think that the betrayee didn’t have a clue about their betrayer. But if you’re a born again, Holy Spirit filled, tongue talking follower of the Lord Jesus Christ – that shouldn’t be the case. John 16:13 says, ‘…the Spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit)…will guide you into all truth; for…whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.’ The word ‘tell’ is also translated ‘show’ and when the Holy Spirit ‘shows’ you something, sometimes He’s giving you a ‘word of wisdom.’ (1 Cor 12:8)And a ‘word of wisdom’ can be described as ‘the plan of God or to know something about the future’.
Thus, as evidenced in John 13:27, Jesus wasn’t in shock about Judas’ betrayal; He knew of the contempt and hatred he held towards Him. And because He accepted the hard truth, He was prepared for the betrayal. So how do you prepare for betrayal? You start by accepting the truth and sometimes it comes as a warning. That ‘itch’ in your spirit that something’s not right. The contradictions they explain away and you willingly ignore or excuse; because quite frankly, you don’t want to ‘deal’ with it. Stop ignoring and excusing the truth. God always prepares and warns His children; if they’ll receive it. If it walks like a duck and acts like a duck; it’s a duck. Don’t act surprised when it quacks. Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, please forgive me. You tried to warn me about them but I didn’t listen. Please forgive me for pretending that everything was alright. Lord, help me to forgive them, show me how to handle this situation, and prepare me for what’s ahead. In Jesus’ name. Copyright © 2014 Real Issues Ministries®. All rights reserved.