A Kiss and a Slap

His betrayer had given them a sign: “The One I kiss, He’s the One; arrest Him!” So he went right up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. Matthew 26:48-49


Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded. John 18:22 

A Kiss

We love Him, or so we claim. For some of us, the kiss is our game. We walk around bearing His name, but every single moment, our Lord we betray. Together with the crowd, “Hosanna”, we cry, and with the same crowd, we yell “Crucify!” His standards offend us, His rules defy the game, so we, in the dead of the night, join the ones who say He’s to blame. We see His miracles, the wonders of His hands, yet our hearts curse Him in unbelief when He refuses to wear our vain crown. For us, a kiss will suffice, it’s a subtle way to let Him know that on our journey of life, we’ll rather walk alone.

A Slap

They hate Him and without shame, so they’re bold to hit Him in the face. They walk around with shoulders high, proud to be the ones to crucify. His words have haunted them in their sleep, so they’ll rather have Him rest in peace; it’s better to kill the one who exposes their sin than deny their flesh it’s lustful meals. So they raise their hands in defiance and think they strike one who is weak, but meek as a lamb, He receives their blows and everything in between. With clenched fists, they boldly declare that they’ll rather die fighting Him out of the way.

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One way or the other, many defy Him. Whether by a slap or a kiss, many betray Him. Yet He takes it all without a fight; laying down His life was always part of the plan. But one day, like a Lion, He will return, with a sword in His hands and judgement in His eyes. Those who defied Him will know without the shadow of a doubt as their knees fall helplessly to the ground, that He is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. So while there is still time and breath in your heart, it’ll be wise to reconsider your kiss or your slap.

13 thoughts on “A Kiss and a Slap

  1. Is 45.23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
    Rom 14.11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
    Any way and anywhere God writes it, it is true. We will all bow the knee and confess Jesus as Lord: we who praise Him from the heart, and those who curse.
    And in Is 45.22: Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
    NO ONE ELSE. Not a man, not a false God. We cannot depend on ourselves or our beliefs. He is the only true God.

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  2. Interesting! A Slap or a Kiss! Just this evening I talked to a young couple who are not believers in the Lord Jesus Christ about His crucifixion, death and resurrection. About evolution versus creation; facts and theory; and that I believe “nothing comes from nothing” – “something doesn’t develop from nothing”! Their expressions on their faces were not a kiss or a slap, maybe something in between or just a question mark. I pray that our discussion will stir up their hearts and thoughts! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, blessings, Elfriede

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    1. Amen, I pray the same too, that our conversations by the help of the Holy Spirit will stir hearts towards the Lord and what He did for us. So many these days have set their faces towards unbelief, but nothing is impossible with God. Thanks, Elfriede!

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  3. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
    Psalms 2:12 KJV

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