Betrayal of Jesus…
Do we betray Jesus just as Judas did two millennia ago?
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went off to the chief priests to hand him over to them. When they heard him they were pleased and promised to pay him money. Then he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. -Mark 14:10-11, NAB
The stage was being set for Christ’s final days. Judas had begun the process to betray Jesus and hand Him over to the chief priests. It was only a matter of time before Jesus would find Himself on the cross – betrayed by one of His closest followers.
There seems to be a greater purpose for Judas being chosen for this task. Among all of Christ’s followers throughout the centuries, one would imagine that the original twelve apostles held a special place in Jesus’ heart, which made it even more devastating when one of them betrayed Him.
Judas’s betrayal of Jesus shows that even the greatest of us can turn against Christ. In truth, every time we sin against the Lord, every time we turn our back on Him, we are betraying Him yet again. We become another Judas by our thoughts and actions. No one seems to be exempt from this.
There has been a lot of speculation about why Judas betrayed Christ, and scholars have come up with a number of different reasons. But do any of those reasons really matter? Judas chose his path, just as we choose to betray Jesus when we sin against Him.
We may have betrayed Jesus a thousand times, but we can still change our ways. We can actively make an effort to not turn our backs on the Lord again. True, we may stumble from time to time, but we can turn our life around, if we are willing.
Jesus loves you as much as He loved Judas – despite our betrayal of Him. Judas’s betrayal of Jesus was one of mankind’s most wicked moments, but Christ used it for good. Through the sin of Judas, God changed the world, bringing a New Covenant to the people. Likewise, God can use our weakest moments to bring change in our lives, as well.
It is not too late to leave your sinful ways behind. Stop living like Judas, and start loving like Jesus. You may have betrayed Christ a thousand times before, but there is still time to leave that all behind. It matters less what you did and more what you will do. You don’t have to be Judas anymore.