Matthew 26:1-25; Numbers 35-36; Job 3
I am Judas Iscariot. Really! We’re doing a dramatic presentation at our church and I play Judas. Let me be honest: the villains in any story always fascinate me. What makes them the way they are? Why do they think they can get away with it? I think Jesus must really have surprised Judas. Jesus announced that someone would betray Him. “Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, ‘Surely not I, Rabbi?’ Jesus answered, ‘Yes, it is you.’” (Matthew 26:25) No beating around the bush for Jesus. Judas must have thought he had covered his tracks pretty well. He didn’t realize who Jesus was. Jesus, even in human form, was omniscient. What was Judas thinking when he agreed to betray Jesus? Was he trying to force Jesus to be a conquering Messiah? Was he made because He didn’t see Jesus heading the right way, especially consorting with women like the one who poured the ointment on Him? Was he just in it for the money? In the long run, it doesn’t matter why Judas did what he did; what matters is that for whatever reason he decided to hand Jesus over to His accusers. As I think about my life there have been times when I’ve been silent when I should have spoken up about Jesus. There are times when I have agreed with those who have ridiculed certain followers of Christ who don’t believe the same way I do. There are even times when I have tried to put God on the spot and force His hand. That is why I can say that I am Judas. God forgive me and restore me to a right relationship with You each and every day.
Lord, I betrayed You today. I have been silent when I should have spoken up. I have laughed when You or Your children have been ridiculed because of You. I have loved my position of ease and comfort more than the call of service. Give me grace and forgiveness. Restore me to Your service. And please be ready to do the same tomorrow, because I’ll need Your grace again then.