“Kiss of Death”
by Rafael Lara, Worship Ministries Coordinator
“And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.”” – Mark 14:18
“While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus said to him,“Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” – Luke 22:47-48
Have you heard the saying, “With friends like that, why have enemies?” I am assuming that [perhaps] this saying was birthed out of the Judas narrative. I mean, this has to be the only singular moment in the history of humanity where someone was betrayed by a person in whom they trusted. Right? I mean, now a days this doesn’t happen. No one has alternate motives. Jesus was the only person to whom anything remotely close to this has happened.
Maybe not. Maybe you can place yourselves in this situation, where you’ve placed your trust in someone and you’ve been betrayed.
But I’ll submit that for Jesus, this betrayal is different. You see, Jesus, while a man, was the Savior of humanity. He had performed miracles. He had rescued. He had healed. He had delivered. He was the Son of the Living God. He was Messiah.
And yet, for a few coins, Judas betrays Jesus with a symbol of his affection towards him.
Time to flip the script. You see, while this has happened to us, the truer reality is that we have done this. We’re Judas in this story. We’re the ones that, at the sight of something earthly and temporary have thrown Jesus into the hands of the world and have turned our back on him.
It’s time to get real. Jesus is about to get crucified for our sin. Will you let him hang on the cross like that? Take time in prayer today to see the coins you have accepted in Jesus’ place. It’s time to repent and turn back to him.