by Robert Brock
Judas Betrays Jesus
“And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely,” Mark 14:44.
In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, Caesar’s close friend, Marcus Brutus, helped the Roman senate stab the dictator to death. Caesar looked Brutus in the eyes and said, “Et tu, Brute” (you too Brutus?). Jesus looked Judas in the eyes and said, “Friend, wherefore art thou come?” (Matthew 26:50).
Judas went on all the mission trips; he was trusted as finance officer of the first church and carried the purse. None of the other apostles doubted Judas’ integrity or loyalty. When he left the last Passover meal, the eleven thought he went to give alms to the poor. Actually, he went to betray Jesus to the Pharisees for the price of a servant.
In John 10:9 Jesus said, “I am the door.” Judas kissed the door to Heaven and went to hell. How close to salvation can one get and still miss the mark? “Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled” (John 17:12). In Matthew 13, Jesus taught that Satan would plant tares among the wheat. Tares are weeds that look like real wheat but are empty. Peter said in Acts 1 that Judas had taken his own life.
THOUGHT: We must make sure we do not sell out Jesus
for much less than Judas did—a TV show, a few extra hours of extra sleep—while our pew remains empty.