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April 11, 2022

Judas Iscariot

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.

Matthew 26:14-16 NLT

 

TODAY’S THOUGHT

In working with people, I have discovered that no one plans to fail. No one starts out their journey with the intention of being a traitor, an alcoholic, a drug addict, a murderer, or any of the other bad things people do.


No one wakes up one day and says, “I think I want to ruin my life today by cheating on my spouse, deceiving my children, and destroying my marriage.” Typically, people slowly move toward actions that destroy their lives.


Judas was no different. In the beginning, he was “all in”—or so it seemed. He traveled with Jesus. He preached with the others when Jesus sent them out in pairs. He saw miracles happen in his ministry. He was trusted by the others enough that he was the treasurer of the group. He handled the money and paid the bills.


In one passage when there was a woman that came to anoint Jesus with expensive perfume, it was Judas who complained the money would have been spent better to help the poor. The gospel writer noted the motivation behind the statement was not the care for the poor but the desire for money because Judas was taking money out of the money bag for personal use.


Greed stepped into Judas somewhere early in the story. Perhaps, he started out thinking that being one of the inside twelve he would have a prominent place when Jesus set up His kingdom. But it began to be obvious Jesus had no intention of setting up an earthly kingdom. Judas’ dreams of riches and power on earth were being crushed.


Perhaps, he rationalized that if Jesus were the Messiah, He would simply escape the religious leaders as He did before. No harm in making a little personal money on the side.


Whatever his rationale, Judas went from being a thief to a traitor. For over two thousand years, he has been known as the disciple who betrayed Jesus. His life was marked by the tragedy of wrong choices and unchecked sin in the heart.


Is there any unchecked sin in your heart? A sin that might grow to the level that someday you will be known more for your sin than anything else.


The weight of Judas’ sin was overwhelming. After Jesus was arrested because of his betrayal, Judas went out and hung himself. I believe if he had stayed alive till after the resurrection, he could have found forgiveness just like Peter. But Judas never found his forgiveness.

 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Holy Spirit, help me to be honest about the sin in my heart. Help me to not rationalize or procrastinate. Help me today to turn from all known sin and discover Your forgiveness.


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