Julius Caesar was one of the most influential figures in human history. A calculating politician and unmatched military mind, he is credited with helping to unravel the Roman Republic, and gave rise to what would become the most powerful civilization ever to exist – the Roman Empire. Whatever aspirations he had, however, were never realized. On March 15, 44 BC, he was viciously assassinated by members of the Roman senate, including his close friend Marcus Junius Brutus. As Shakespeare wrote in the death scene in his play of the infamous betrayal, Caesar’s last words were, “et tu, Brute?” which translates to, “you too, Brutus?”
Everyone faces betrayal at some point in life; regardless of the magnitude, the sense of the loss of trust and faith in both the culprit and the relationship itself can be devastating. In the Gospels, Judas’ betrayal of Jesus set in motion Jesus’ arrest, sham trial, and brutal execution. How Jesus responded to the act of betrayal and his betrayer shows us something essential about the purpose of grief, forgiveness, and acceptance.
Join us this Sunday as we look at the complicated relationship between Jesus and Judas in our series, Why Can’t We Be Friends? Difficult People Worth Fighting For.
– Pastor Grace Wilkinson