Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
Judas. Betrayer. Every time I read this passage, and actually think about Judas, I can't help but think about this man who walked so close the Jesus. He heard the stories, he saw the miracles, he spent enormous amounts of time with Jesus and yet still betrayed him. It reminds me of Romans 3:23 "For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." All. Not some. All. It doesn't matter if you walked with Jesus....you fall short. It doesn't matter if are a dedicated youth worker...you might be tempted and fall short. It doesn't matter if you are a Christian singer and have sold many worship albums....you may turn away from God and fall short. There is no one who is immune to sin and it's captive-ness over our lives. Greed. Lust. Self-reliance....and many more harmful things can lead us astray. Judas falls victim to these things.
MacArthur describes Judas:
So what I’m going to do is kiss Him. By the way, this indicates that Jesus had no special physical features to set Him apart, no halo. There was to be no risk. Judas wanted the right one arrested and taken because only then would he get paid. And it’s an unbelievable act of betrayal that Judas chooses. He is a very adept hypocrite...very adept. He is so good at undercover operation that he has been a part of a group of twelve people with Jesus for nearly three years day and night and has not been discovered as a fraud. In fact, he’s been chosen to take care of the money because he was so trusted. He can play the hypocritical game to the hilt, day and night, voluntary responses and involuntary responses. Knee-jerk reactions, saying whatever comes out of your mouth, etc., etc. He has never revealed the truth of his heart. In fact, he is so convinced that everybody thinks so highly of him and thinks that he is genuine that they will not think anything of him kissing Jesus.
When I'm lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory
Cause You're already there
You're already there
Standing at the end of my life
Waiting on the other side
And You're already there
You're already there
Jesus knows. He knew what was about to happen. He knew what had to happen to fulfil God's rescue plan. He knew His role, the disciples role, and even Judas' role to make that happen.
MacArthur concludes with this prayer:
As we prepare for Christmas, may it be clear in our mind that we needed a Saviour. A rescuer that would save us from our own sinful nature. He's already there and waiting for us.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 22:54-62