Have you ever been betrayed? Has a friend ever denied your relationship? It hurts, doesn’t it? I want you to think about a time that you were betrayed. Maybe you invested a lot of time into a child or grandchild, and they turned away. Maybe it was a friend who you thought was so close, but then you didn’t get invited to their party. I think about people who I have invested in, who have gone away. It can hurt.
Betrayal and Denial cut very deep. And when we get hurt like that, we think we would never do that to them.
In the Old Testament God had been hurt bad by the nation of Israel. He used the imagery of an unfaithful spouse. So to show the nation how bad God hurt, he had the prophet Hosea marry a prostitute, a women who he knew would be unfaithful. Imagine that. It was painful for Hosea, just as Israel’s betrayal and denial had been painful for God.
This coming Sunday at Faith Church, as we continue through the story of Jesus’ life, Jesus will be betrayed. Denied. Who will be guilty this time? You? Me?