The Betrayal of Judas
Daily Bible Reading – Job 25; Mark 13, 14
Today’s Key Passage – Mark 14:12-26
It is easy for Christians to be angry with Judas Iscariot. After all, he betrayed Jesus and turned him over to the chief priests, which would ultimately lead to Christ’s crucifixion. Because of his actions, Judas’ name has forever become synonymous with betrayal. The visibility of his sin and the fact that it is written so boldly in the Scriptures makes it easy for us to see his sin and condemn him for it.
We too, however, are sinners. Just as Judas betrayed Jesus, we too have all betrayed him. In John 14:21, Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” There have been times when each of us has not kept Christ’s commands, and at these times, we have failed to show our love for Jesus.
Sin is an irritating problem. The Apostle Paul spoke of sin’s nature in Roman’s 7:15 when he said, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” I once heard it said that when we knowingly sin, we decide in that moment that we love that sinful thought, word, or action more than we love Christ. This has stuck with me and has always worked to convict me during times of temptation.
My question in all of this is the following: Are any of us really any better than Judas? Have we not all betrayed Christ at one time or another? While none of our betrayals are as visible as the betrayal of Judas, are we not just as guilty? Fortunately, by God’s grace we have all been offered salvation and do not have to face the punishment for our betrayals. Jesus Christ took that punishment for us. If you do not know Jesus and if you have never accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, come to Him today and ask for his forgiveness. If you do know Jesus, when temptation strikes remember that the best way for us to show Jesus our love for Him is to obey Him.
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