Just as Guilty?
Judas was greedy - at least that is what I think! He went to betray Jesus after the expensive Perfume was poured on his head. Okay maybe he wasn't just greedy but that is when he left and decided to betray Jesus. Why if not for greed?
I think its possible that there were a multitude of reasons. I believe he was the one who was indignent when the perfume was poured out. I believe he was upset with Jesus because Jesus was not "acting" the way he thought the Messiah should.
I know that Judas was hated and to be honest I have struggled for years wondering if Judas repented and if it were accepted. That of course is not answered in the bible. I mean Judas betrayed Jesus to be delivered to the cross! I don't think that was Judas intent however. I think in his mind he believed that he could manipulate Jesus into placing himself as king. It represents a sad misunderstanding of who Jesus really was by a man who was closer to him than many. Did he repent? Don't know but one thing I do know, is that in many ways we are just as guilty as Judas. We look down on him and judge him, when a lot of us need to look in a mirror and see the Judas that is living in us.
Harsh isn't it? I'm not like Judas! Really? Do you ever disagree with the way God does something and take it from his hands because you think you can do it better? Isn't that what Judas did? Ever tried to manipulate a situation to "get" God to do things your way? Isn't that what Judas did?
I think Judas was proud and arrogant and he had his mind set on how Jesus would be king (an earthly king). Jesus is KING but not to Judas way of thinking. Judas had probably read the old prophets and knew the prophecy. He like the teachers and scribes, was looking for someone to save them from Rome - not from sin. He kept his picture of the Messiah in his head instead of meeting the true Messiah walking next to him. He denied Jesus because Jesus was not the Jesus he wanted. Are we not guilty of that as well?
I think Judas was a sad greedy, misguided man, who the devil used to his advantage. Was Judas unforgiveable? I honestly don't know. But I do know that I am not any better and while I may not have sold Christ out to the Pharisees, can I honestly say that I haven't sold him out anywhere? No I can't I am just as guilty as Judas if I sin knowingly. Why? Because it was my sin that put him on that cross. I know it and if I choose to continue to sin, I am making light of that cross and what he did. That's betrayel as well. Think yourself better than Judas? Think again, we are all guilty!
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