Good to see you here again brother. I understand your view on the Management review, but wasn’t the point of the review to contrast the world’s thinking with God’s? I mean, it was obvious to me, that Jesus was intentionally choosing the broken vessels in order to eventually show the transforming power of God; who then was more broken than Judas?
That being said, in light of the preponderance of the evidence against Judas you provided, like a good prosecutor, you failed to provide any mitigating circumstances on his his behalf. Observe:
Matthew 27:3-4New King James Version (NKJV)
Judas Hangs Himself
3 Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”
And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!”
Everybody in Judea who had ever heard of Jesus knew that He was someone special. The vast majority believed that He was the Messiah, at least, their understanding of what a Messiah was to be; a military leader breaking them free of Roman rule. Judas was no different. Was he self serving, contentious, greedy, embroiled with insecurities? Yes no doubt, but so was everybody else. Even Peter was confronted by Jesus who was displaying the intentions of the Devil and misunderstanding God’s will. Jesus told Peter,
“Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” (Matthew 16:23 NKJV)
So here we have two of the disciples being called out for devilish behaviors, that’s right, Peter, “the Rock”, was acting like a devil and trying to thwart God’s plan. At least Judas was in line with God’s plan, Peter stood in direct opposition to it. By Judas’ own admission, he confessed his guilt and Jesus’ innocence; then being remorseful, he took back the money. He could have said, “Oh well, it is what it is, too bad, what can I do about it now? I guess I’ll go buy myself something with all this money.”
We have no idea what Judas was now going through and feeling. It was so bad that he committed suicide. I would say, that indicated a repentant heart. The betrayal of Jesus by Judas was an absolute necessity; what a burden to bear.
It’s easy to see the faults in others especially when we carry the same traits. I think it’s dangerous to compare our own sin and deliverance with another’s, for God deals with us individually and meets us where we are at. Judas was a scoundrel , so the scripture tells. Forever in history he shall bear that burden and title betrayer. Do we need to rub his nose in it? Why doesn’t anybody ever say, “Judas made a huge miscalculation in trying to force Jesus into taking military action against the Romans and it cost both of them their lives; but God used what was intended for bad, for good, to bring it about as it is this day.”
Is the sin that God delivers us from any less sinful than Judas’. Did Judas betray from a trusted position of authority, or did he have national interests in mind? Is there a difference between doing anything it takes to free your country from oppression, or being glued to a computer screen or dirty magazine, or gambling, or drinking and beating one(s) wife?
If God has delivered us then let us be delivered in grateful humility without pointing fingers at the obvious sins of another.
Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples. The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove. (John 18:2-3)
Read: Acts 12:6 – 14:20
Relate: I was looking back through my earlier devotionals out of the book of John and realized that although I’ve done character sketches of others like Peter, Andrew, Philip, and Nicodemus, I never did one of Judas. It is time to fix that but before I do, I want to clear up some nonsense I’ve seen floating around. I don’t know if you have ever seen or heard something like this read but I remember first hearing it at least as far back as junior high and it has tainted my view of the disciples in a…
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