August 5, 2005
And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now His betrayer had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely.”
As soon as he had come, immediately he went up to Him and said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. Then they laid their hands on Him and took Him.
I’ll never forget the first time I visited the place called Calvary outside the city of
But then I realized that Jesus wasn’t crucified in a church, cathedral, or sanctuary of worship, but on the street at this place called
Rembrandt, the famous artist, once painted a portrait of the crucifixion of Christ. As he painted scenes of the crowd, soldiers, and religious leaders, he painted his own face on one of those in the crowd. Rembrandt knew that he was there when Jesus was crucified. We were all there!
People want to know: who crucified Jesus? Some battle between whether or not it was the Jews or Romans. However, we shouldn’t ask who crucified Jesus, but what? Hypocrisy! Judas executed bitter betrayal upon the Lord, and kissed Life goodbye. Because of his greed and hypocrisy, Judas sold the Lord out for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus said, “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
Judas walked with the Lord for three years as His disciple, but proved to be a phony. Judas wasn’t a man who had salvation, then lost it. He was a man who never had salvation. There are many who sit in churches and religious groups today who claim to know God, but they don’t possess an intimate relationship with Jesus. They are phony and hypocritical.
We are to be sold out to the Lord each and every day—no exceptions. Examine your own heart and determine whether or not you need to remove the hypocrisy and phoniness. Pray that God would daily cleanse your heart, so that you can be pure, holy, and completely loyal to Him.
HYPOCRISY AND GREED NAILED JESUS TO THE CROSS. ARE YOU
STILL GUILTY OR HAVE YOU BEEN REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB?