The unanswerable word “Why?!” echoes within my soul as I read the tragic account of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas.
Judas had spent three years with Jesus! He had seen Him heal bodies, touch broken lives and raise the dead. Judas had heard the Gospel of love.
Judas laughed and shared life with Jesus. Judas has seen the miraculous multiplication of loaves and fishes … he has seen a once raging sea become calm … and has seen demons flee at the voice of the One Who proclaimed, “Let there be light!”
Does Judas even have a heart?!
Judas went to the chief priests … they did not come to him. He went to them.
I have always wondered if Judas betrayed Jesus because of his own addiction. I wonder if Judas was compelled to sell Jesus to murderers because of a compulsion that he was never able to conquer.
Judas was in charge of the money box and it was known among the disciples that Judas often pilfered from the treasury that was meant to be shared. We don’t know if the disciples confronted Judas, or if Jesus confronted him. What we do know is that Judas had an addiction that had never been dealt with.
Judas could have taken his weakness to Jesus! He could have confessed, asked for forgiveness and for power. Instead, the insidious and lethal addiction stayed hidden and thus overpowered the ability of Judas to walk by faith and not by sight.
You may not sell Jesus for 30 pieces of silver but your addictions and issues will cause you to make wrong choices. You will do things that will shame you and lead you down a pathway of remorse and guilt.
Satan will take advantage of your weakness. He did it to Judas and he will do it to you.
Maybe it is time for you to make a choice that Judas never made … go to Jesus. Ask Him for forgiveness and power. You will be amazed at how it will change the end of your story!
Copyright 2013 by Carol McLeod, all rights reserved. Carol McLeod is the founder of Just Joy Ministries, whose mission is to inspire women of all walks of life to engage in a deeper way with the Bible, and to grow in personal relationship with the Lord.
- #Personal: I confess my weaknesses (name them) to you today, Lord Jesus! Judas never came to you but I come to you today. Please forgive me. Your word confirms that your strength is made perfect in my weakness and by your stripes on the cross in a few days from now 2,000+ years ago, I am healed. So be it for me, in your mercy and love; Amen.
- #BodyofChrist: Teach us as a family to love you even in our weakness and to support each other without destructive criticism and mockery. May we find strength in the confession of our sins, restitution where possible and the confidence to forgive one another and ourselves because you paid the ultimate price at a time like this, in Jesus’ Name.
- #Nation: May Nigerians (name actual nationals) find forgiveness in what our fellow brothers have done to hurt us. Help families writhing in pain from terror attacks, ethnic clashes and societal vices to forgive; just as you forgave and died for us all. We know this is tough but in you we can do all things, in Jesus’ Name.
- #Family: Daddy, I ask that you help every member of (name your family) to know and walk with you knowing full well that in doing so, we will confront you with our weaknesses each time. You, the only one who can help us overcome them right after forgiving us. In your merciful name, we ask; Amen.
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