I have had revelation of Judas. It may not be new but I have a unique angle to speak from. It isn’t what he did but how we are and what he reveals that is in us all
The story of betrayal is played throughout history and our lives. But this is the classic example, Judas for thirty pieces of silver sells out Jesus to the Pharisees for his eventual crucifixion. Judas feels guilt and shame and hangs himself.
It is about selling out. Selling out to eliminate pain or fear, it is the trade we make with the Devil to gain prosperity or pleasure. It is that simple. We see this played out in the Temptation of Christ also.
Satan makes you an offer you cannot refuse. All he asks is that you kill and you can have it all: “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” Think of William Wallace betrayed by Robert the Bruce in the movie Braveheart. This is an image burnt into my mind forever.
That thing, pleasure or relief, which he offers in exchange for a selfish act of evil, perishes. When you make the hit, he is true to give you your reward but with a catch. This thing, the image of your desire, an idol; it rots you, in spite of its allure, despite of its promise. It turns from a simple murder to a necessary suicide. This is in us all, which reminds me of a joke:
Jones: Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?
Socialite: My goodness, Mr. Jones… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course…
Man: Would you sleep with me for five pounds?
Socialite: Mr. Jones, what kind of woman do you think I am?!
Man: Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price.
With us, it isn’t that we won’t sell out, it is that some of us will sell out for very little. What is your price?
We are out of our normal mind when in pain or under the power of desire. We lung for the prize without consideration for the people around us: family, friends, and culture. This is our nature outside Christ.
This is a warning, “pride precedes the fall”, states the proverb. If you think this doesn’t apply to you, then you have a grave vulnerability to be Judas to those around you.
Paul states in 1 Cor 10:12-13 “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”