‘Good Friday’ Experiences: The Agony of Betrayal
By The Rev Dr. Lydia Mwaniki
Mark 15 presents the most difficult experience of Jesus in his earthly life. This experience was a consequence on betrayal, which Jesus had predicted in Mark 14:18; “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.” This prediction came to pass in Mark 14:43 when Judas one of the Twelve, his betrayer, came with an armed gang as though to arrest a criminal. They then handed him to the authorities to be tried. In Mark 15, the Good Friday experiences of Jesus include trial, beating, mocking, crucifixion and finally death.
We may never quite know the same agony of betrayal. But many have known similar ‘Good Friday’ experiences of agony. The psalmist’s ‘Good Friday’ experience in Psalm 41 for example is the agony of betrayal by friends, who rejoice in his sickness and wish him dead.
What are your ‘Good Friday’ experiences? Have you suffered betrayal and rejection by close friend? Jesus had a similar experience and so he understands what you are going through. He is journeying with you very closely in that experience so that you are never alone. Like the psalmist who shows his total dependence on God, our help is in the Lord. Just lay your total trust in him. He will deliver you because he has trodden the same path.
Recount your past ‘Good Friday’ experiences of agony and distress
How did you go about each of them?
From your experiences, what good can come out of a ‘Good Friday’ experience?
Lord Jesus, I rejoice in my ‘Good Friday’ experiences because I know you are with me. May those who rejoice in my troubles confess about your goodness and faithfulness to me, and turn to you for forgiveness. Amen.
The Rev. Dr. Lydai Mwanik is a lecturer at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya