Christ will Rule….Let us Consider Judas
Christ Jesus came to seek and to save all who will come to Him.
Now He seeks that we will follow Him, and make Him our King.
Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”
Of our own will , bowing to His Will that He might rule and reign within us; in His Kingdom of Light and Love.
It is my conviction, that all who refuse Him as King, place themselves as enemies of Christ, and must yet hear this from Him:
“But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither and slay them before me” (Luke 19:27)
We think we can deal with God, and still keep options open in case we change our mind. A back door, so to speak.
But we never really have the fullness of anything God gives us, until we are fully His.
Luke 16:11 “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”
This is money, of course, but also all the things God has given us: Our relationships, and our jobs, are we being faithful?
God will not give you more than a taste of those “true riches” until you are surrendered to Him.
Have you ever thought of Judas?
His calling to follow Jesus, was never told.
Why he followed Jesus, he never said.
It soon came to light that he was a thief, and stole from the Man he said he followed, and from those that were with him.
The first place you hear of Judas, was when Jesus called the men which followed him, disciples.
He gave them power to heal; and a commission to go and preach, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
In the list of “the twelve”, was Judas.
Matthew 10:4 “Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.”
Notice the time when Jesus called Himself the Bread of Life.
John 6:35 “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
Judas was there with the other disciples, and at this time there were more than twelve. After Jesus says to them that they would have to “eat” his flesh, many of His disciples “went back”.
John 6:66 “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
Jesus was talking of having Him in their lives, which would give them life, as bread does.
But many refused His saying…not because they did not understand it, but because it was “a hard saying”. It demanded, what they were not ready to give. So they left.
John 6:60 “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?”
Yet Judas stayed. Again, why?
John 6:64 “But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.”
Notice, Jesus makes a difference between believing not, and betraying him.
If Judas had “believed not”, he would have left with the others who refused to believe that Jesus was going to give them a better life, than they had.
But Judas was the betrayer. Already there were signs of betrayal.
For he pretended to follow Jesus, while he sought occasion to steal from Him.
(John 12:6 “This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”)
And then to sell Him. And Jesus knew.
It was an act so vile, because of the privilege he was given….three years he spent time with Jesus.
And because he could have walked away….anytime.
How much he would have seen in the time he had spent with Jesus?
How many miracles? How many lepers cleansed, the blind to see, and the multitudes fed!
How many times he heard how Jesus answered every accusation, and question!
Just how much Light, he was sinning against!
Was thirty pieces of silver worth it? (Matthew 26:14-15)
Have you ever considered his “repentance”, and what came of it?
Matthew 27:3-5 “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? See thou to that.
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”
The word “repented himself” here, in the Greek, means regret. A feeling that he had hurt himself, by doing this, and so he wanted to retrace his decision, to save himself……when that could not happen…..he destroyed himself.
(There are several Greek words which are translated “repent”. But to truly “Repent” is to change our minds, hearts, and wills about something. It is to act completely different toward the object. We are to repent of our sins…and our attitude about the Lord.
Matthew 21:28-29 “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard.
He answered and said, I will not; but afterward he repented, and went.”
This is true repentance….to change his mind and heart about his answer, and the attitude to the father….and go and do.)
He regretted for himself, that he had betrayed “innocent blood”.
Not a word about betraying God’s Son to death…..for money…..by a kiss.
Why not choose something else….except that Judas wanted to show how much he despised the Lord….so he betrayed Him by a kiss.
(But it was all too late. The Son of God/the Son of Man, which he never believed in, or loved, was going to die a cruel death….for the sins of the world.)
He went to the wrong people, if he wanted forgiveness for his sin.
If he thought they would do anything about it, he was wrong.
He had seen Jesus being condemned, he could have spoken up for Him at the counsel.
But he didn’t.
He realized he had been blinded by his greed; but that was all.
It was all a self-centered cry of desperation; to try and change the judgement that he was feeling heavy upon himself.
And he realized, too late, that the money he loved so much, was useless now.
Judas killled himself, rather that seek forgiveness from the only One who could forgive sins.
What about us? Have we regret, because of the things that are now coming upon us, because of our sins?
Or are we repenting, changing our minds about the sin?
Peter, who denied Him, was forgiven….he ran to an empty tomb…and ran to Jesus on the sea shore. (John 21:14-17). When asked three times about his love, he answered, grieved at the asking….for he remembered three denials….yes, Lord, I love you.
Peter really loved the Lord…..
Judas despised Him and would not come and humble himself and seek forgiveness.
Again, what about us?
But that did not stop God’s Purpose…..nor can any.
Our Lord Jesus died, and rose again; to save all those who would come to Him.
He has all power and authority, and reigns in Heaven; and in the heart of everyone of His people here, who give Him the throne of their hearts.