Mine own familiar friend.
As we approach Easter Sunday, it is fitting to recount some of the events that led to the crucifixion of our Lord and then to His glorious resurrection. It is well that we remember that the great victory of the resurrection was preceded by great sorrow and suffering.
One of the sorrows of our Lord was that He was betrayed by His trusted friend, Judas. The Psalmist prophesied this, using remarkable language.
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41:9
It is remarkable to realize that our Lord personally understood the hurt of having one of His closest friends turn against Him. And as we travel through this life, one of the sorrows we bear is when we are hurt by someone of our closest friends.
Even if we never say it, friends assume loyalty to each other. A true friend is a trusted friend; and when that trust is broken, our hearts understand some of the sorrow that our Lord felt when Judas betrayed Him for thirty pieces of silver.
In thinking of this, I believe it is important to remember our duty to be loyal and true to our family and friends. And when we are hurt by those closest to us, I believe it is important to remember that our Lord experienced the same thing.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
As Easter Sunday approaches, I believe it is also fitting for us to simply remember all that our Lord Jesus endured. The writer of Hebrews clearly admonished us in this regard.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:3
As we make our way through this life, it is important to remember that Jesus has shared our greatest heartaches. But He not only experienced our sorrows, He showed us how to endure them, how we can experience the power of the resurrection in our own lives as we yield to Him.
by Dr. Mike Zachary