“Beware of the Ides of March” (March 15) was made infamous by the quote from Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s play bearing that title. Equally infamous is, “Et tu Brute?” Latin for: “And you too, Brutus?” Caesar reportedly said this to his friend, Marcus Brutus, as Brutus literally stabbed him in the back.
Betrayal of a friend is one of the most heartbreaking, heartbreaking, stabbing experiences a man has ever had. It is also one of the most common. Can you relate? Those in all kinds of broken relationships can – marriages, friendships, and partnerships.
Even fans of the Quicken Loans Arena took on traitor Carlos Boozer on the Ides of March after hopping on the Cavs’ sinking ship for a more promising pro team. When Boozer’s new team arrived in town, the taunt sign on the upper decks read, “And you, Boozer?”
King David was betrayed by his sons, his closest advisers, and his friend-stepfather, King Saul. Psalm 55: 12-14; 38:11; 41: 9 all show David’s deep sorrow: “If an enemy cursed me, I could endure it; if an enemy stood up against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like me, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed a sweet fellowship … “(Psalm 58: 12-14).
Jesus was betrayed by his own people: “He came to his own people and they did not receive him” (John 1:11) and by his friend Judas, with whom he had dined, lived and served (Luke 22 : 48).
Yet the Bible says that when we continue to sin, we betray Jesus again, we trample on his cross, despise his sacrifice, and mock his sacrificial death: “If we willfully continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins are left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment… ”(Hebrews 10: 26-29).
The beloved hymn “The Old Rugged Cross” alludes and the Black Spiritual asks us: “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The implicit answer is: We were ALL there, because the sins of all mankind made Jesus go to the Cross to pay our penalty, which is separation from God forever.
The Good News is: JESUS PAY FOR EVERYTHING. We owe everything to Him. IF we love him and follow him (John 1:12; 11:25), we are heading towards real life here and eternal life with Him forever. Hopefully you will be included in this number when Jesus asks, “And you … and you too?”