July 12, 2005
And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”
Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. And Jesus said to Him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.
Not everyone who meets Jesus is changed by Him. Because there are some who refuse to trust and believe in Him. Such was the life of Judas Iscariot. He was the man who kissed life goodbye. When Judas decided to take this path, he wound up committing suicide by way of hanging himself. His soul died along with his body. And today, he’s in hell because he died rejecting and betraying the Lord Jesus.
Judas was a man of incredible opportunity and powerful ability. For three years, he listened and watched to Jesus pour out his heart and life to others. He heard Jesus preach, teach, and pray. Numerous times, Judas watched Jesus cast out demons, heal the sick, and perform miracle after miracle. Now, wouldn’t that be enough to change someone’s life—to be able to walk, talk, witness, and fellowship one-on-one with Jesus in person?
There are many descendants of Judas in our midst today. People just like him who have seen, heard, and done it all when it comes to the Gospel and the church. These people can even be those who faithfully attend services and tithe regularly. But they are living a lie. Just like Judas they possess the heart of a hypocrite and phony, and when things get tough they bail out.
Jesus knew Judas would betray Him. Yet Christ loved him anyway. If you have turned your back on Jesus time and time again, know that there is still forgiveness waiting for you. But you can’t continue to live off of someone else’s faith—not your spouse’s, parents’, or friends’. In order to have a personal relationship with Christ and eternal life, your faith must be genuine. I pray that you’ll examine your own heart to be sure you don’t carry the same fatal flaw that Judas did.
IF YOU KEEP THE SECRET FAULTS HIDDEN IN YOUR HEART AND MIND, YOU
WILL SUFFER FROM A MORAL EARTHQUAKE IN YOUR LIFE MUCH LIKE JUDAS DID.