Jesus, The Scripture And The Betrayer
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 11 April 2017
18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. 19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
2 Corinthians 11:15
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
udas would not accept the love of Christ, even the final challenge the Lord had thrown to Him would not be regarded. The New Testament writers disdained Judas to such a degree that in every list of the disciples given in the Gospels, Judas is listed last, with a note of contempt after his name.
This lesson is vital for our times too. He wanted to prepare the disciples for what was about to happen. Jesus wanted to be sure that they did not think He was surprised by what Judas was about to do. Prophecy was clear that Christ would be betrayed by a close friend. So Christ chose him to fulfil prophecy. However, Judas’ role was not apart from his own will. Even though God ordained that Judas would be the one who would betray Christ, it was not apart from the desire of Judas. Judas was no robot. God used the wrath of Judas to His own praise. Through Judas’ betrayal He brought about His redemption plan. Judas meant it for evil, but God used it for good (cf. Gen 50:20).
Time and time again, Judas experienced Jesus’ love, His pleas, and His rebukes. But he let greed, ambition, and worldliness creep into his heart; and avarice had become his besetting sin. Mark it, wherever God’s work is done, there are impostors like Judas. There will always be hypocrites among the brethren. The favourite trick of Satan and those he employs is to disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. We learn from the example of Judas that a person can be very near to Jesus Christ and yet be lost and damned forever.
Nobody was closer to Christ than the twelve. Judas was one of them, and he is in hell today because he may have given intellectual assent to the truth, but he never embraced Christ with heartfelt faith.
Sinning teachers are teachers of sin.
Not for worldly gain, O Lord, but for Your glory.