An agonizing tale of betrayal

What will you give me if I hand him over?
  and Judas agreed for a meagre thirty pieces of silver. 
When the disciples inquired about the passover meal,
  He directed them to a man's house and told them to reveal...
All this happened on the first day of the Festival of the Unleavened Bread.
  The Teacher says 'my hour has come' and they reiterated what He said.
The Passover we shall celebrate,
  at your house within your gate. 
At evening, Jesus and the twelve in their seats,
  gathered around the Passover meal to eat.
During the meal, Jesus announced that one of them would betray.
  Upset, they asked Him to keep such thoughts away.
Surely, it is not me;
  you know how much I love thee.
The one who shares and dips his bread,
  with me today will be the one, to me them led.
The Son of Man will die just as the scriptures say.
  But, how terrible for the one who betrays.
Better off that man if he was never was born.
  Such an opportunity, wasted only to mourn.
Judas then, "could it be me?"
  It is you who says it; we shall see.
Then He took a piece of bread.
  Gave thanks, broke it and said...
Take and eat; this is my body.
  Took the cup, gave thanks and said to everybody...
Drink, this is my blood.
  Proof that you are loved.
This, my blood, will seal God's covenant.
  So all who believe will not serve the punishment.
Poured out for the forgiveness of sins.
  This is how mankind wins.
I will never again drink this wine,
  until the day of the new wine, that time...
with you, in my Father's kingdom.
  So to my words, carefully listen.
Then, they sang a hymn.
  And went to the Mount of Olives.
This very night, all of you will run away.
  Alone and betrayed, the Son of Man will be today.
But, after I am raised to life, my resurrection...
  ahead of you, I will go to Galilee, in that direction.
To this, Peter said,"Lord, I will never leave you.
  No matter what happens, even if all others do."
Before the cock crows, this is the sign.
  You will deny me, all of three times.
Never Rabbi, even if I have to die!
  By your side, I will always stand by.
And so the Lord went to Gethsemane,
  with Peter and the two sons of Zebedee.
Sit here while I go and pray.
  Leaving Peter, James and John, He went further away.
A moment's weakness of grief and anguish.
  So heavy the feeling of betrayal, even Jesus briefly languished.
The sorrow in my heart is just so great.
  Stay here, keep watch with me and wait.
Face downwards on the ground, He wept and prayed.
  With agony and pain, all along feeling betrayed.
Please take away this cup of suffering.
  All of this Father, that will be uncovering.
Yet, not my will, but yours be done.
  These were the words of the most obedient son.
Back to the three, only to find them all asleep.
  At such a moment, not even an hour they could keep.
Keep watch and pray that you do not fall into temptation.
  Remember my words, let it be your foundation.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
  The soul is so lost; things of the world it seeks.
The second time Jesus went to pray.
  Father, if this cup can't be taken away
unless I drink of it,
  Your will be done; I will not quit.
Again, He returned and found the disciples asleep.
  In pain and agony, left alone to weep.
Third time, He went and prayed and thence came the hour.
  To be handed over to sinful men and their power.
Get up, all of you three.
  Here comes the one, who betrays me.
There Judas came with a large crowd.
  With swords and clubs, all were endowed,
as if He were a criminal. 
  Then, Judas went on with the agreed signal.
Betrayed with a kiss.
  Now you know, the beginning of all this.
Rabbi, peace be with you.
  Be quick; I'm aware of what you do.
And so this way, Jesus was arrested.
  But, one of them drew his sword and contested.
Of a slave among them, he cut off his ear.
  But about anger, violence and revenge, Jesus was very clear.
Put your sword back in.
  Those who live by it shall die by it.
If I wanted, I would call upon my Father.
  Twelve legions of angels right here would gather.
But, did you really need weapons for me to capture?
  Not an outlaw, everyday we sat in the temple together.
All the disciples left Jesus and ran away.
  Alone they left Him, all did betray.
At the house of Caiphas, all of them gathered.
  False evidence, the whole council slathered.
Didn't disprove their accusations and lies, Jesus stood quiet.
  "Are you the Messiah?",they asked hoping to cause a riot.
So you say!
  But, ahead of this day...
At God's right side, the Son of the Almighty,
  coming on the clouds of heaven, will be seen precisely. 
Spat on His face, laughed at Him - claiming blasphemy.
  Guess who hit you now, such games and wicked profanity!
At the courtyard, one of the servant girls,
  recognised Peter and verbally hurled.
This first time Peter denied.
  Said he did not know Jesus at all, and lied.
Recognising Peter, another servant of the high priest,
  pointed at Peter and the same accusation repeated.
Denied knowing Jesus at all, Peter sweared,
  when with conviction to the Lord, his fidelity he had declared.
May God punish me if I am lying.
  Denying Jesus like this for the third time.
Just then, the cock crowed and Peter wept,
  when Jesus's words he did recollect.
Betrayal is such a cruel thing.
  Yet, people are apologetic only if someone's looking.
In His agony, Jesus cried tears of blood.
  Yet, their conscience didn't seem to flood.
Jesus knows what it is to be stabbed in the back,
  even the ones who just keep on and on with their attacks.
He feels all of your pain.
  But through their betrayal, He did attain...
salvation for them all,
  even the ones who made Him bleed like a waterfall.
Therefore, woe to him who trusts in man.
  Trust in God, much more than any kinsman.
Peter became the rock upon whom the church was built.
  What would have happened if he killed himself with guilt?
Judas could have had that too.
  Afterall, he was part of the original crew.
He listened to the voice that said....
  How could you ever live with yourself?
Whatever happened to forgiveness, love and hope?
  If only he had faith in the Words Jesus spoke!

(Inspired by Matthew 26:14-75)

This poem is part of a series of rhymes titled β€˜The Matthew Series’This is the 28th poem in the series. They are all based on the gospel of Matthew and are in the correct sequence. Here are few of my favorites:


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  1. “Betrayal is such a cruel thing. Yet, people are apologetic only if they think someone’s looking.”

    Too true…so sad. We are truly wretched, but Jesus is so forgiving and merciful. As always, an amazing poem, Ruelha.

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  2. Thanks Dawn. Actually, I haven’t finished the whole book yet. I still have to do the last two chapters. I think I’ll split them into 3 poems….maybeπŸ€”. Yeah, I’m sure someone here would like that. Hope you get a lot more views. πŸŽ€πŸŽ€πŸŽ€

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