Leviticus 11-12 Matthew 26:1-25
“Then Judas, who would give Jesus to his enemies, said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, surely I am not the one, am I?’ Jesus answered, ‘Yes, it is you.’” (Matthew 26:25)
The Pharisees were fed up. They wanted Jesus killed and they wanted it to happen immediately. His teachings were exposing them to be the whitewashed tombs He had accused them of being. And so they plotted, and Judas, in a moment of disgust joined them in their plots. After accepting the contract on Jesus, he rejoined the disciples just in time for the Last Supper where Jesus predicted that He’d be betrayed. Since all the other disciples were questioning if it was them, he asked as well, only to hear that Jesus knew that he would betray Him. That must have shocked Judas.
Let’s face it, most of us have our “secret sins” that we don’t want anyone to know. We do a great job of hiding them from others and we fool ourselves into thinking that they’ll stay secret. Then God reminds us of His presence, His knowledge, and His grace. I believe that Jesus still loved Judas, even knowing his secret sin. I know that God loves us even knowing our secret sins. Perhaps we keep our sins secret because we don’t love ourselves in the midst of committing them and wonder how anyone else could. Still, we come before God only to find out that He knows, but more importantly, He still loves us and gives us His grace.
Lord, thank You for loving me even though You know me better than I know myself. Thank You for giving me grace when I’m at my worst.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Well said: “I know that God loves us even knowing our secret sins.”
Judas is a tough story. Loved by Jesus. Picked by Jesus. Trusted by Jesus.
And the betrayal and the suicide.
I’m with you. I don’t think Jesus ever stopped loving him. Jesus died for him and me.
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