THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL

At first his heart was filled with excitement to simply be with Jesus.  Like the rest of the disciples, the message appealed to him.  He had grown up with the promise of a Messiah and this Jesus seemed to fill all the prophesies written about Him.  Like many of his brothers in the faith, He didn’t fully understand God’s plan. Jesus’ words resonated with an authority that commanded their attention.  Their world was full of rebellion over Roman rule.  Poverty lined the streets of the common man. The time was ripe for these words.  What Judas didn’t understand was that Jesus was not an ordinary man.  He was the Son of God.

Being the treasurer of the group, Judas always had money on his mind.  How would they feed all the people that had gathered?  How would they supply themselves with the necessary gear to survive the elements?  When Jesus had his feet washed with expensive nard, Judas considered it a waste of something that could easily be turned into quick cash.

We often look at Judas with disdain, but he was truly a product of his environment – as all of us sinners are.  By being so focused on the material things he missed what was right in front of him. He had God with him – right in his midst – and he didn’t recognize.  We aren’t much different. We may go through life without thinking about Jesus and the importance of what He did for us.  We get wrapped up in the things of this world like money, politics, doctrine, government, material things and we simply put Jesus on the back burner, when He should be the main focus of our lives.

When the devil entered Judas’ thoughts, he was overtaken by greed and betrayed the One who had come to save the world.  When Satan gets into our heads, we do the same.  We need to put our total focus on the One who has already conquered sin and guilt instead of our own selfish needs. So, let’s cut Judas some slack.  We aren’t much different than he was.  We need Jesus to intercede for us.

Let’s remember our own daily betrayal of Jesus through our thoughts, words and deeds. Let’s ask God for forgiveness, and let’s be confident that our sins have already been forgiven. May He then give us strength to live our lives for Him.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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5 Responses to THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL

  1. K.L. Hale says:

    Such a beautiful post and wisdom, as always, dear Kathy. I saved this to read as I’m behind on reading AND writing. I wanted to type, verbatim, my devotion this morning–“Who is Responsible?” For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed! Luke 22:22 On the one hand, Judas’ betrayal of Jesus is the inevitable fulfillment of God’s own plan. His betrayal and death was no random accident; it was part of the “definite plan and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23). But on the other hand, Judas is responsible for his treachery: “Woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” Do you see the problem? If the deed is inevitable, then how can Judas be responsible? And if Judas is responsible for it, then how can it be inevitable? How responsible are we for our actions? To some degree we are shaped by factors beyond our control: heredity, genetics, our upbringing. But I wince to hear people trace their sins to every door but their own as though they were victims of fate. It may be arrogant to suggest that we are masters of our own fate. But it is ludicrous to say that we are victims of fate, as if we had no choice in the matter. We are not masters of our own fate, not victims, but co-creators. Let us not blame our heredity or our parents for sins we could have avoided.” Your post so beautifully accompanies my morning devotion! Judas was human, as you said, just like us. For we all have sinned and fallen short…and he died for us all! I hope you and Paul are both doing well. I’ll be playing catch up and doing some writing and sharing of my own again. I love you, dearly!

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks for your additional thoughts on this. We are all equally accountable for our sins, but thanks be to God, he has given us the victory. Love you too❤️‍🩹

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  2. Citizen Tom says:

    It is not our place to judge another human being, not even Judas. Thanks for the reminder.

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