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When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, what is that to us? see thou to that.

If we were to define betrayal it would be the act of being disloyal; the act betraying someone or something or the fact of being betrayed: violation of a person's trust or confidence, of a moral standard, etc. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary online).

Based on our scripture texts and the definition the act of being betrayed is on display daily in our society. This brings me to these questions; have you ever been betrayed?  Have you knowingly betrayed, someone? Is our country being betrayed? To betray someone is to violate that person’s trust or confidence and it shows the betrayer’s moral character.

I have been betrayed and it hurts because my confidence in that person has been destroyed as well as a relationship. Will I ever trust the person again? Probably not, because when the trust factor has been destroyed then there is nothing left. Have I ever betrayed, someone? Hopefully not. I say hopefully not, because unintentionally this could have happened, but if I have then I ask for forgiveness. Sometimes we sin unintentionally, then we must and should seek forgiveness. Judas sought forgiveness for betraying Jesus, but his partners in crime refused to take back the money.

Judas cause innocent blood to be spilled for thirty pieces of silver; what was the value of Judas’ and Jesus' relationship? What is the value of a relationship between two people or our country? Judas was fulfilling prophecy and didn’t know that he was. Isn’t the value of a relationship worth more than thirty pieces of silver? Isn’t our country worth more than thirty pieces of silver?

Let me close by saying, betraying someone or something is a sin as noted in or lesson texts; repentance is necessary on the part of the betrayer, but the pain and damage linger for a while. Maintaining a good relationship is greater than thirty pieces of silver. I say this because love and trust are greater and more valuable than the thirty pieces of silver, and it takes less effort than the process of trying to restore a broken relationship.

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