We all know who Judas was, and we likely all know his story but I wanted to revisit it this week and see what we can take away from his experience. Lets start by refreshing ourselves about Judas.
Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
This was at the last supper, as Jesus announced that one of them would betray him. Then later on Judas accepted payment for Jesus betrayal.
14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
In a way we are quite a bit like Judas. While he accepted silver to betray Jesus, on the other hand so many times the devil will approach us in one form or another and present to us a temptation. And he says to you “Hey I’ll give you this bit of sin if you forget God’s commandments and betray him for a moment.”
Then later when Jesus is in the garden of Gethsemane Judas arrives.
43 And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now His betrayer had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely.”
45 As soon as he had come, immediately he went up to Him and said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.
No doubt afterwards Judas was filled with remorse, knowing what he did was wrong.
3Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”
And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!”
5 Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.
Did Judas need to hang himself? No he didn’t, but there are a couple things to learn here. When we sin we are effectively betraying Jesus, as he paid the ultimate price for our salvation and we squander it by continually sinning.
Secondly we need to remember to move on, and not bully ourselves over our mistakes. Yes you sinned, so move on and do better next time. God forgives, although that is not a get out of jail free card. Keep the Lord’s commandments close to your heart, but when you slip don’t stay down or else the devil is going to keep kicking you, you’ve got to get up and keep moving.