Sunday, May 20, 2012
In defence of Judas
But when we consider the story of the last days before the Crucifixion we can't help but wonder. Did Judas have a choice?
Was Judas actually following God's plan in betraying Jesus? Was Christ's death dependant on there being a betrayal?
In John 17:12 Jesus prays for His disciples. He says: "While I was with them, I kept them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me. I protected them, and not one of them was lost, except the man who was bound to be lost—so that the scripture might come true."
What does Jesus mean here? Does He imply that Judas was following the will of God and it was his destiny to betray Christ?
We know how the story ends. Judas hangs himself.
Was this an act of desperation? Or was there remorse involved too?
Did he seek God's forgiveness for what he had done? And was he forgiven I wonder?
These, and many other questions may still surround the name of Judas. But more pertinant. Here's a question for us all to ponder.
How about us? How many times have we betrayed Jesus by what we have done and said; or omitted to do or say?
There are more ways of betraying the Son of God than through a kiss.