Matthew 26:47–50 “While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” 49 And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 50 Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.” (ESV)
None of this surprised Jesus. He knew Judas was a fake. He knew: the betrayal, the trial & judgment, the mockery. The pain. He knew it was all coming. In fact, the night before He prayed so intently that He bled from His pores. “Oh Father! Is there another way? Can this burden be taken from me?” Yet He knew it had to be as planned so He submitted to the Father’s will. Otherwise ALL men would be damned for all eternity.
He must have felt so alone. As He prayed, His disciples couldn’t manage to stay awake and pray with Him. No one could do this for Him. Even the Father, who had been with Him for ALL of eternity past, would turn His face away from Him before this day was done.
He knew that in this coming agony & abandonment, He would be for the first time GUILTY. Not for His own actions, but guilty of every sin of every person who ever lived. Every rebellion, every lie, every abuse, every murder, were now all His. His guilt was, to say the very least, undeserved. Yet He willingly took it on anyway, because He knew the reward of eternal delight with all believers of all generations would far outweigh this time of pain and darkness.
He knew you, and He knew me, as He suffered and died for our sins. So for those of us who truly know HIM, there is coming a day when this world and all its troubles will pass away and all things will become new. There will be no more night, or pain, or suffering or sorrow ever again!
So the lingering question is this: Do you KNOW Him?