We often hear the story of Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples, who betrayed him. Today I will refresh you a little in regards to the type of man Judas was and how his greed leads to the Crucifixion of Jesus and the end of his own life.
Judas was a thief. John 1-6 tells of a visit to Martha & Mary. The bible says Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with an expensive ointment called spikenard. Judas right away realized the value of the ointment & wanted to confiscate it supposedly to give to the poor. John 12:4-6(KJV) Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
Not only was Judas a thief, but he was a GREEDY thief. His greed was the only opening that Satan needed to enter into him and get him to do his dirty work. In Luke 22 the chief priests were trying to figure out a way to kill Jesus. Satan as always sees the weakest link & pounces. Luke 22:2-6(KJV) And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. 3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. 5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. 6 And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude. Later you will see that the High Priest paid Judas 30 pieces of silver for the life of Jesus.
You might think to yourself; “Didn’t God or Jesus know Judas would betray them?” Answer, of course they did. They know everything, Judas betrayal was all part of what we call the bigger picture. Please pay special attention to verses 70-71. John 6:65-71 (KJV) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
One of the sad things in regards to the story of Judas is; he was a disciple and spent much personal time with Jesus. When he betrayed Jesus he did it with a kiss. Maybe this is where the saying “kiss of death” comes from. Matthew 27:47-50 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.
Sometimes people do not realize the full impact of their actions until it’s too late. When Judas finally realized that his actions were going to cause Jesus to be brutally killed he tried to give the money back to the High Priests. However; the High Priests were very flippant and more of less said; “that’s your problem, not ours”. They in no way offered to help him to make things right. YOU TALK ABOUT AGONY, Can you imagine the emotional pain and guilt Judas would have felt? With no counseling from the Priest he took his own life. Matthew 27:2-6 (KJV) And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. Acts 1:18 says he fell and burst open. Acts 1:18 (KJV) Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. One interpretation of this verse is that after he hung himself, he hung undisturbed until he rotted and fell to the ground bursting on impact.
WARNING!!! If a person claims to be a person of God they will not ask you to kill someone or go against the bible in any way, So don’t count on them to help you! Also, when you play with sin, you give Satan a way in!
So you see in the end, Judas agony became too much!! Don’t let your agony get the worse of you. Seek true Christian help. If you know someone is giving you bad advise don’t kill yourself, do not seek the help of someone that aided in your sin. Seek someone Godly, not on the outside, but on the inside. Believe me you can tell the difference.
Here is a poem I wrote. I hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget to comment at the bottom & let me know if this helped you in any way! I pray you all have a wonderful spirit filled week.
Judas one of the twelve;
Let Satan in him dwell.
“He was the son of perdition”,
which meant unsaved was his condition.
Jesus knew from the start;
that Judas would not change his heart.
He was a thief,
And often some of the disciple’s money he’d keep.
Thirty pieces of sliver the priest paid,
For that Jesus he betrayed.
After realizing that he made a mistake,
The money back he tried to take.
Instead of helping him be redeemed of his sins,
The priest turned their backs on him.
Jesus would have set him free,
But instead Judas hung himself from a tree.
And to the ground he fell and burst.
What a tragic way to die,
But still on Jesus’s name he did not cry.
| –Debbie Gladwell—
April 25, 2007