AM I A JUDAS?

  The very name Judas Iscariot strikes terror and chill into our lives.  Judas is the one soul among all the multitudes of men whoever lived, of whom we can say and by the authority of Jesus, that he is a lost soul. Jesus said of Judas, “none has been lost (speaking of the Apostles) except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.”  John 17:12  Again Jesus said of Judas, “But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man.  It would be better for him if he had not been born.”  Mark 14:21
There is much mystery about the life of Judas which God alone knows the answer.

  I would like to make some explanations of Judas.  Let me share three views:
1. The traditional view which is that Judas was predestined to be the betrayer. That Judas was a puppet to do this terrible deed of betrayal.  Someone had to do it.    
2. The more rational view is that Judas was good at the beginning of his ministry with Jesus but his selfishness got the better of him.  His greed caused him to sell Jesus out for money.
3. A newer view is that Judas was a nationalist, a Zealot.  He believed that the Jewish Messiah would come as a conqueror to overthrow Rome and establish an earthly kingdom. Might it be that Judas thought by betraying Jesus, forcing His hand, that He would then establish His kingdom?  If he pushed Jesus against the wall, backed Him into a corner, Jesus would have to come out fighting. Judas believed that no one could hurt the Messiah.  But, when he saw Jesus taken prisoner and crucified, Judas said, “I’ve betrayed innocent blood” meaning, I’ve got the wrong man. He can’t be the Messiah. 

No matter what we think of Judas, this I believe is true, that Judas was totally responsible for his actions. He could have repented and been forgiven. The cry of Jesus from the cross, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”  would have included Judas too. 

  If I could paint a picture of the greatest tragedy of Calvary, this would be it.
A dark, black sky as background with thunder and lighting shooting through the sky.  The flashes of lighting reveal a bleak plot of ground outside the city of Jerusalem. There stands a twisted, small tree with a man’s sash dangling from a limb.  At the foot of the tree is the broken body of Judas. The ground is soaked with his blood.  He has committed suicide – unforgiven.  But, he could have been forgiven.  He commits the greatest tragedy of Calvary.  

  O Judas, Judas, may your life be a lesson to the sin sick world today, to throw back the pieces of silver for which we have bartered our salvation.  We must turn back from materialism and humanism and worldliness and believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God and our Savior.

  We need to come to Jesus; believing, repenting, confessing, and being baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.  God will fill us with His Spirit to guide and comfort us, as we seek to live for Him.
To refuse such love and forgiveness is to join Judas in committing the greatest tragedy of Calvary, refusing forgiveness in Christ. 

  NO, I AM NOT A JUDAS, I HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN AND SAVED THROUGH JESUS.

2 Responses to “AM I A JUDAS?”

  1. Max , Thank you for these thoughts of Judas. How sad it is to know that we have a Savior waiting to forgive us,and not asking Him to forgive us ! It is so simple,yet people will go through life not asking . What is sad too is, that there are so many people that can’t forgive . I think it is because they have not asked for or received forgineness from the Heavenly Father. How can we ask for forgiveness when we are unwilling to forgive ? Peter did just that, He ask , and was forgiven!
    Love , Joann

  2. The story of Judas is one of the mysteries known only only to God. The question was raised in our Bible Study Group as to why Judas was so bad when he did what had to be done. I always thought that he made the choice, but he could have repented just like Peter. People don’t realize the choices they make have consequences. Young people today choose to drop out of school and later find that they can’t get a job. They wonder what went wrong when everything falls apart..They have made wrong choices and the road back is not easy. Even starting with Christ, the road is still long and hard, but with HIM it is easier!

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