Matthew 26:49 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.
Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
The book of Proverbs is filled with the bright wisdom of the Lord and points to the fulfillment of all wisdom in Jesus Christ. Yet, in the dark night of Gethsemane, Jesus’s own disciple, Judas, approaches him and extends a greeting of honor and a kiss of friendship. The dark and tragic irony is that this sign of honor and friendship masked an unfathomable betrayal.
But Jesus did not fight back. He did not scowl in anger. Accepting the painful, profuse kiss of his enemy, Jesus went to the cross, bearing our wounds in our place, as the perfect example of the most faithful friend. Even as the guards seized Jesus to take him to be crucified, Jesus was preparing to be “pierced for our transgressions” and “crushed for our iniquities” (Is. 53:5). It is by the wounds that Jesus bore that we are healed (Is. 53:5).
Point to Ponder and for Prayer:
Romans 5 reminds us that while we were yet sinners, Christ demonstrates his love for us by dying for us. Thank God for his gracious heart of love towards us; even when we were still his enemies, he died for us to free us to be adopted as his own.