Its hard to believe that someone you loved so much could betray you. Someone you trusted in hope that the person would not take your trust for granted?
I wonder how Jesus felt when Judas carried out the devil’s mission. Hurt because his friend, close friend could stoop so low. Disappointed because he hoped Judas would change his mind. Merciful, knowing that the prophecy must be fulfilled and He would forgive Judas if he repented. If Judas didn’t betray him, who would’ve? Would the Scribes and Pharisees have sought him out themselves or would the devil have entered another disciple? Does Judas have an excuse to commit such a crime?
Its terrible! He looks at Jesus in the face and kissed him. He may have thought that Christ would defend himself. Its been said that cowards stab from the back but Judas looked into Jesus eyes and said “Hail Master!”. Such a betrayer! Judas had watched blind people receive their sight; Judas saw Lazarus being raised back to life; Judas witnessed countless miracles. Was he not at sea when the storm was stilled or was he not one of the servers of the five thousand?
Everyone would suggest that Judas was greedy. He loved money. Money was virtually his master. He was a fraudulent fellow. He may have assumed Jesus would not be captured and he would get away with what he did.
Judas played a vital role in the crucifixion of Jesus. His name went down in history for the worst crime- betraying Christ. At the end he was so overwhelmed with guilt that he went to hang himself. He sentenced himself to death whereas he had died long before. His soul was already doomed.
But Judas had such boldness. I mean who had the guts to carry out such an action?
Judas fulfilled a prophecy but he did not witness Christ’s saving grace. He gained his 30 pieces of silver but lost his priceless soul. His heart was laden with guilt while his home in heaven was empty. What if Judas was your brother, cousin or friend. How would you have felt hearing he had hanged himself after betraying Jesus?
But its too late to feel sorry for Judas. Let’s just strive not to be like him.