Being betrayed by trusted friends

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Jeremiah 38:22 which says, ”

All the women left in the palace of the king of Judah will be brought out to the officials of the king of Babylon. Those women will say to you: “‘They misled you and overcame you those trusted friends of yours. Your feet are sunk in the mud; your friends have deserted you.’

This is what would happen if the king Judah refused to the king of Babylon. Jeremiah is telling him this is what would happen if he refused to surrender. People would say that his friends misled him and betrayed him.

And this like always is a picture of something. For once it’s not Jeremiah that’s the picture of Jesus, it’s the king of Judah. He’s a picture of Jesus because “his friends misled him and betrayed him” or would betray him. Because Jesus was betrayed by his friends. His friends did desert him. But there are differences, the king of Judah (or Zedekiah) in this verse didn’t have his friends betray him and Jesus did.

Also Jesus wasn’t overwhelmed by the guards that came to arrest Him, in fact He could have made them all disappear,

When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. (NIV John 18:6)

Jesus didn’t “make them all disappear” or anything like that, He just made fall. Anyway Jesus was betrayed by Judas and was abandoned by the disciples. But worst of all He was hung on a cross with our sins on Him and God’s wrath on Him. He had a flood of sin and wrath toward Him, God even turned His face away from His own son! Jesus took our place, He had on Him what all of us should have had on us, like the pastor put it 2 weeks ago “it was like if you stand in front of the Hoover dam and it breaks and all the water comes pouring down on you, that’s what is was like for Jesus only Jesus” only Jesus had it a million times worse.

Jesus experienced all of God’s wrath and all the whole worlds sin on Him to save us from having to die on that cross. Jesus is our savior, He was (and is) perfect and God needed a perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins. But why did Jesus die for our sins? John answers that question perfectly, ”

For God so loved the world that He gave His on and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV John 3:16)

God loved (and loves) us so much that He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins.

Are you trusting in Jesus?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.


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