Kiss of Betrayal Led to Resurrection Life



These haiku were inspired by Scripture and the two word prompt for this week’s haiku challenge at Ronovan Writes, which are the words Kiss & Taste. You may wonder why I am writing about the death and resurrection of Jesus during this time of Advent. If you think about it, it’s not unusual since this is the reason Jesus came that night in Bethlehem. It’s a story of God’s love and grace that brings to us real joy, light and peace. My haiku begins with a kiss of betrayal.

A night spent in prayer
Then came a kiss to betray
What a bitter taste

Kiss of betrayal

But all was not lost
Lips of evil would bring death
A taste of turmoil


Out of death came life
A resurrected Savior
Taste this kiss of light

Jesus, born to die
Offered Himself in our place
Taste this gift of love


Everything is fresh
Death’s hold has lost its power
Come taste of new life

Morning breaks in song
Dew sparkles with sun kissed light
Taste of untold joy

Haiku were inspired by the following scripture passages:

Matthew 26:45-49 (NIV)

Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.

Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. 

Matthew 28:1-7 (NIV)

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”


I’m linking up with: #Glimpses, #SmallWonder, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #RaRaLinkup, #TeaAndWord,  #CoffeeforYourHeart, #LMMLinkup, #ThoughtProvokingThursday, #HeartEncouragement, #FreshMarketFriday, #DanceWithJesus, #GiveMeGrace

20 thoughts on “Kiss of Betrayal Led to Resurrection Life

  1. Gayl, What a beautiful reflection – “taste of untold joy” – so lovely. I must tell you, I am rather captivated by your snowflakes – I even like snow on computer! Blessings this Advent!

  2. Dear Gayl, These are such beautiful words. Especially this one is touching me tonight:
    “Everything is fresh
    Death’s hold has lost its power
    Come taste of new life”
    I am pondering these words, as I think about Advent–truly everything is fresh now! Thank you for sharing these precious thoughts from God’s heart for us! Blessings! xoxo

  3. The most beautiful, most powerful story ever told! Your Haiku reflection reminds us that Christmas is not just about Jesus’ birth,, it encompasses His entire story – His life, His death and His resurrection. Thank you!

  4. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen His story put to Haiku – I LOVE it! All wonderful words that we can take to heart. Thank you for sharing this with us. Blessings to you and yours! (Visiting via Barbie’s #glimpsesofhisbeauty link-up.)

  5. I like that you “illustrated” your haiku. I love to put Scripture to pictures, but it does take some time! Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, Michele! It just seemed to come together, and I enjoyed writing each haiku. I appreciate your encouragement. It means a lot.

      Blessings and have a wonderful Christmas! xo

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