Without Judas We Wouldn’t Have A Savior…

IMG_5165.JPGWe often as people put those in our life into two categories, those that are for us, and those who are against us. And usually the ones that go in the for us box are those that agree with us, seem to want the best for us, even stand by our side when others betray us or leave us. The other box gets filled with those that have betrayed and left us. Lied about us. And so on. Makes sense right? I mean it seems to. Well I wish it were that easy. That black and white. But life holds a lot of grey in it. To see what I mean, let’s go to the story of Jesus’s crucifixion.
First we come to Judas. Now if we are at all familiar with this part of Jesus’s life here on earth, we know who Judas is. He is the one who betrayed Jesus, telling where he could be found. In this story it is so easy to hate Judas. After all he betrayed a friend and not in just any way, he cost him his life. But look at what Jesus says to Judas, John 13:27 “As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” Now let’s look at Peter.
Peter loved Jesus. He was never very far from Him. He was the kind of friend and supporter you think Jesus would want at time like this. Where his life is in danger. Peter is adamant that Jesus would not be captured and be killed. We all would want that right? In our times of trouble. A friend that is adamant that they won’t let it happen to us. But look at what Jesus says, Matthew 16:22-23 “Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you! Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” That seems a tad harsh. To call the person who is trying to help you Satan. But see Jesus understood something we as humans have such a hard time seeing. That sometimes some bad must fall upon our life for the benefit of others. And certain people are needed in our lives to accomplish that.
We will have people in our lives that we think are against us and people we believe are for us. And in a lot of cases the ones that are for us are the best people to have in our corner. But sometimes in order to get where we are meant to go, become who we are meant to become, betrayal must happen. Sometimes someone must hurt us, leave us, lie about us, and other harmful acts. And while they hurt like hell, they are setting us up for the miracle. Whatever that is for each of us in our own set of circumstances. Jesus knew that while the cross would hurt, it was necessary, and Judas was necessary to get Him there.
My point here is this. It’s so easy to hate those in our life who have betrayed us. To look at them as those that have ruined everything for us. But that’s not always the case. Yes, what they did was wrong, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t right for the ultimate goal of our life. To put us on the path of our own miracle. My miracle in all the mess of my life is that I can write what I hope are helpful and inspirational words to others who are hurting. I’ve lived through and survived many forms of abuse, abandonment, betrayal, and made some mistakes of my own along the way too. All that I have survived, that others have put me through, has set me up to write these very words you are reading right now. Without the people who hurt me I wouldn’t be who I am today. Who do you need to start looking at as a necessary hurt or betrayal? It doesn’t change what they did from bad to good. But it does change how you look at the bad. To help make good from it all.
Now I want to give a shout out to all my peeps in my corner! Even though in this story the Peter’s in our life get a bad rap. I couldn’t do this life as well as I do without my crew! They are amazing! I’m sure you have your own amazing crew too! Don’t think I’m saying that those who stick by us are holding us back. I’m not. The point of this is to show that not everything is as easy as having just two boxes to put relationships in. Sometimes when our friends and family think they are helping us, they can actually be holding us back. They think they are keeping us from getting hurt by something or someone. They mean well and only want the best for us. But what they fail to see, and we sometimes fail to see, is that Gods best for us is not always what’s easiest for us. Sometimes some bad must fall upon us in order for the ultimate good to be achieved through us. Like I said earlier, life is full of grey.
So if you’re struggling today with hurt, and the person who hurt you, take it to God. To the one who knows why it had to happen. Ask Him to show you how to view this painful part of your life. How to view the one who did it. How to view yourself after it. How to view your life after it. He knows all of that and more. In time He will reveal the purpose of the pain. And remember without Judas we wouldn’t have a Savior.

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