Assist us mercifully with your grace, Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts by which you have promised us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
by Hattie McCall
Gaius Julius Caesar or Caesar, as he is more commonly known, born into Roman nobility, rose to the role of Dictator of Rome via his impressive military career. Over the span of his military conquests, he greatly expanded the territory of the Roman Republic. Following the successful Gallic wars, the Roman Senate requested his return to Rome and his secession from his post as Commander. He responded by launching a civil war, in which he was the victor, and grasped the scepter of nearly limitless power.
The many reforms he enacted as Dictator garnered great animosity, eventually leading to his betrayal and assassination by mass stabbing, to include a wound inflicted by Brutus, a close confidant to Caesar. According to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Caesar called out as he was dying, “ Et tu, Brutus?”, or roughly translated as, “Even you, Brutus?”. He was betrayed, and worse yet, betrayed by a close friend.
The Bible tells us, this day, the fourth day of the week, is the day of Jesus’ betrayal in Holy week. Judas, a close confidant to Jesus, sought out the chief priests and asked what he could gain for delivering Jesus into their hands. 30 pieces of silver later, Jesus’ fate is sealed. Jesus’ response is beyond the understanding of Judas or those who thoughtfully ponder His story: He neither leans upon His status as deity nor calls upon the power of His Father.
Instead, He meekly allows himself to be betrayed. Betrayal that He knows will lead to his own violent, traumatic death. He surrenders His deity, His power, His will, to be slaughtered. A slaughter that He knows will cover the sins of all mankind, thus accomplishing and forever fulfilling the covenant set forth by His Father. It is beyond my imagination to think of acting lovingly or to desire any good for a person who could betray me. But Jesus responded, “Et tu, Judas.”, or “Even for you, Judas.”, as he allowed himself to be led to His death as the ultimate recompense for sin.
— Hattie McCall lives in Southern Pines, NC