LEARNING FROM JUDAS’ MISTAKES, PART 3

3. Judas’ Betrayal Of The Lord

 Matthew 26:47-49, And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. {48} Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. {49} And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

THE MISTAKE & LESSON. It was night out, approaching midnight, and the arresting party needed help in identifying Jesus. So the prearranged sign was whoever Judas kissed would be the Lord.

Now when Judas kissed the Lord Matthew uses the intensive form of the verb, which is to say, he kissed the Lord earnestly and fervently. The implication of the text is that Judas didn’t just kiss the Lord once, but rather, kissed Him over and over again. Here was a display of great affection  and  respect.  If you didn’t know what was going on or what was about to happen you would likely conclude that Judas must have really loved the Lord. But behind this façade of affection and love was treachery and betrayal.

You see, brethren, you can put on a show of great spirituality. By your conduct you can give people the impression that you’re really a good person. You can sing the loudest and talk knowledgeably of the Scriptures in such a way that people can’t help but conclude that you really have a close walk with the Lord. But, like Judas, YOU CAN ACT LIKE A TRUE CHRISTIAN AND STILL BE DOING THE DEVIL’S BUSINESS!

Here’s something else for you to consider. If you piece the Gospel records together you’ll see that there was a lapse of two days from the time Judas agreed to betray the Lord and the time he actually betrayed Him in the garden. In other words, Judas had two whole days to change his mind about betraying the Lord. Two days to look honestly at himself and ponder the ramifications of what he was about to do. Two days to be convicted and remorseful. Two days to back out of betraying the Lord. But, instead of repenting of his treachery, Judas looked for every opportunity to betray the Lord, Matthew 26:16. Judas was set in his avarice and nothing, or no one, was going to talk him out of betraying the Lord.

Brethren, WHEN YOU’VE GOT YOUR MIND MADE UP THAT YOU’RE GOING TO SIN, LIKE JUDAS, YOU’RE ONLY GIVING YOURSELF THE SADDEST, DARKEST, MOST PAINFUL, MOST REGRETTABLE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE. THE WORST IS YET TO COME! AND, LIKE JUDAS, YOU WILL NOT ENJOY THE LIFE THAT YOU’VE CHOSEN FOR YOURSELF.

Friend, this is your wake-up call from the Lord. Deliver yourself from a dark future and sad life by repenting right now and getting your life right with the Lord! YOU CANNOT SIN AND EXPECT NOT TO SUFFER SIN’S CONSEQUENCES, REGRETS, AND JUDGMENT. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7.) If you think you can sin and not go to Hell, then you’re already deceived. God’s no fool. He makes no idle threats. And you can never, you will never ever, prove Him wrong. SIN WILL KILL YOU. Stay tuned and I’ll show you how sin killed Judas.

Coming Up On My Next Blog Post, Part 4. You can be sorry for what you did, but that doesn’t mean you’re repentant. Drop by and I’ll show you the difference.

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