Just like Judas

Judas was willing to follow Christ, but not to the cross.

Judas Iscariot is remembered for one thing: his betrayal of Jesus Christ. Even though Judas showed remorse later, his name became a symbol for traitors throughout history. I was struck that he sold Jesus out for a sum equal to a compensation for a dead slave. It didn’t take much. It is alarming that time and time again,  our Lord suffered indignities and insults at the hands of his own creatures.

Judas was no victim. He made he choices and had to live with them. His choices led to remorse. According to Matt 27:3 “When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.”  We are no victims either. We make choices and they have consequences.

sadSin always leaves us with shame and guilt for a long time. However, if we are humble and ask forgiveness, He gives. Too often we remain mired in our pride and self pity.  Although Judas attempted to undo the harm he had done, he failed to seek the Lord’s forgiveness. Thinking it was too late for him, Judas ended his life in suicide.

We as Christians can outwardly show great loyalty to Jesus, but keep in mind, it is meaningless unless we also follow Christ in our heart. While Satan and the world will try to get us to betray Jesus, so we must ask and submit to the Holy Spirit for help in resisting them.

As long as we have breath, it’s never too late to come to God for forgiveness and cleansing from sin. Sadly, Judas, who followed God for three years completely had many opportunities to seek repentance but missed the most important message of Christ’s ministry.

It was clear that Judas thought it was cool to hang around this Jesus, but complete surrender and commitment, well, he sold that for some coins.

With Jesus, it’s all or nothing at all. Die to your plans and by God’s grace live for His.

 

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