Easter is a Blessed Betrayal
by Betsy Lay
Focus Scripture: When he had gone out, Jesus said,
“Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.”
Just before Jesus makes this statement, he has told Judas to leave the Passover table so that Judas can turn him into the authorities. Jesus immediately says that in this action of betrayal, Jesus and God are glorified. In this text, the term “glorified” refers to the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. So what this passage is really saying is that the act of Jesus sending Judas to betray him is the very act that killed, resurrected and ascended Jesus. Easter is here because of a betrayal blessed by Jesus. This betrayal causes God and Jesus to be glorified within and through each other.
After reflection on this passage, the solid conclusion I can come to is that Holy Week is confusing. It requires the messiness of human relationships working directly with the profound mystery of God’s glory. I do not think it is our job to just sit back and wait for what happens next. I believe it is our job to actively participate. How do our own human actions create the glory of the Easter story?
Lenten Practice: Pay attention to the way your actions affect the world around you. How do your actions set the world in motion?
Lenten Prayer: Dear God of mystery, help me understand how my actions can glorify you. Amen.