Betrayers Among Us

September 30, 2018

Luke 22:3-4… Then Satan entered into Judas, called Iscariot, who was of the number of the 12. He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray Him to them.

            Judas betrayed Jesus. How we like to bad mouth him and distance ourselves from him. But, really, we might be just like him. He walked with Jesus but decided that money was more important. Think about the betrayal. Was it really necessary? Judas walked up to Jesus and kissed him, after telling the men, “The one I kiss is the one you are after.” Did they really not know who he was?

And could they not, without Judas, figure out where he was? The Jewish leaders, who wanted him silenced, were hesitant because the common people loved him.  Judas gave them the incentive to do what they already wanted to do. “One of his own, one who had been with Him daily for over 3 years, wanted to betray Him. Surely that proved He was a fake.” That, for them, was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Have you never erred on the side of falsehood? Probably yes, right? But notice one detail that must be mentioned. “Satan entered into Judas.” That presents us with a dilemma. Can a Christian be demon possessed. This story does not help because at this point in the narrative, Jesus had not died; there were no Christians. But, in His prayer, as recorded in John 17, Jesus said, in verse 12… While I was with them, I kept them in your name and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction that scripture might be fulfilled.

            So, Jesus considered the disciples saved, except Judas. How did Judas betray Jesus? What happened to him? Something must have been amiss in his heart. As a man, walking on dirt, he was not obviously a traitor. But, then it happened. Apparently, he walked with Jesus but didn’t fully believe him.  How often is that true… even of us? Anyone who follows Jesus but denies His words, by certain actions, is a betrayer. Many lost people are watching us to see if Jesus is real, and not just a good idea.  If you are scrutinized, what is the conclusion? Is Jesus real or just a good idea that you live by? I don’t know for sure what Judas’ point of vulnerability was. So, I say, avoid any and all appearances of evil.