We are quick to associate Judas with his betrayal of Christ. We are quick to look down on him as what is wrong, yet often we resemble Judas. We can follow Christ but be filled with the desires of the world. Eventually, if we do not turn to Him we will be given over to our desires as Judas was. Judas’ desires led him to betray his Lord. Even after coming to know Christ, do we let our desires lead us to betray Him?
We may say, “I would never betray Christ,” but we do so every time we sin. Our sin is our betrayal. It is against the Lord. Judas’ betrayal put Jesus on the cross, and our betrayal held Him there.
“Then Judas, his betrayer, seeing that Jesus had been condemned, was full of remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood,” he said. “What’s that to us?” they said. “See to it yourself!”
When Judas realizes what he has done, he is immediately filled with regret and shame. He knew what he did was wrong, and he felt it was so wrong there was no hope for him.
“So he threw the silver into the temple and departed. Then he went and hanged himself.”
Judas’ reaction to his betrayal of Jesus, was hopelessness. He saw no hope. What is our reaction to sinning against God? Are we filled with remorse?
We are not beyond redemption. God also provides redemption when we want it. He is our Savior; we are never without hope. There is hope and His name is Jesus. Will we turn back to Him and stop betraying Him? Are we going to let Him show us the desires of His heart?