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Holy Week reflection: Christ never betrays His faithfulness

Rev Billy Davison, Methodist Church

An act of treachery by Judas Iscariot set in train the events which led to Jesus' Crucifixion

EMOTIONS were running high as arguments over Brexit could be heard ringing out around Westminster.

You could hear the word "traitor" being used among the demonstrators.

A traitor is often referred to today as "a Judas".

This relates to Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

Betrayal is regarded as a particularly wicked act, and especially so from someone who was in the privileged position of being among the 12 disciples Jesus called to follow Him.

Sadly, Judas hardened his heart against Jesus and surrendered to his own evil desires.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was right: "The battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man."

While Judas betrayed Jesus, He never betrayed Judas.

He washed Judas's feet, and Judas is among the disciples at the Last Supper.

Judas refused God's forgiveness, underestimating God's love.

As the theologian Rev Dr Douglas Milne says: "Jesus is grieved by the failures of His people, but His love for them endures."

The traitor can still become the faithful servant.

Happy Easter.

Rev Billy Davison,

President of the Methodist Church in Ireland

Rev Billy Davison, President, Methodist Church in Ireland

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