Daily Spirit & Word, 476: The Kiss of Death.
Judas Iscariot: The Ultimate Baddie of the Bible: Gives The Kiss of Death to Jesus.
Good morning my friends, it’s Wednesday and we’re in Holy Week, so I thought I’d take a look at one of those people the Lord Jesus chose as one of His disciples, knowing that He’d betray Him: Judas Iscariot.
Judas Iscariot & The Kiss of Death:
Judas Iscariot was, according to the New Testament, one of the twelve original disciples of Jesus Christ, and son of Simon Iscariot. He is known for the kiss and betrayal of Jesus to the Sanhedrin for thirty silver coins. Even today, people who know little about the Bible will use the name ‘Judas’ to accuse someone of betrayal. Though there are varied accounts of his death, the traditional version sees him as having hanged himself following the betrayal. His place among the Twelve Apostles was later filled by Matthias, who had been with Jesus from the time that Jesus was baptised by John in the River Jordan.
We all know or sometimes we think we know all about a person, but a lot of what we know about Judas today has little to do with Biblical reality, history or accuracy. He’s been portrayed as both the ultimate baddie and the lad who just didn’t quite make it, but was OK in the end, because he felt remorse for his betrayal of the Lord Jesus.
Who was Judas? He was one of the original 12 Disciples designated Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was the son of Simon Iscariot.
Judas Was The Lord’s Treasurer:
He kept the money bag for the Lord’s work. He was the one who collected money and paid for Jesus ministry, food and lodgings etc… John 12:6. However, when we look at that passage in context we get an indication of the kind of character that Jesus was; A Treasurer is a Trusted Position.
John 12:4-6 “But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,
5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.”
6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.”
WOWzer! One of the Lord’s chosen was a THIEF as well as a betrayer. Imagine that, Judas is travelling around with the Messiah, he’s daily seeing people healed, delivered and brought back to life. He’s listening to all of Jesus’ teachings and yet in his heart he was far away from the Lord. The love of money had gripped his heart.
Satan Entered Judas:
Luke 22:3 (NIV) “Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.”
My friends, Satan cannot get into you, unless you let him in. Ephesians 4:27 (NIV) “and do not give the devil a foothold.” It’s like opening the door of your heart without first looking through the spy-hole to see who’s at the door, once we crack open the door we’re giving him a foothold into our life.
He comes when we are disobedient or rebellious to the Lord in some way. That’s what happened to Judas and it should serve as a warning to us all. Judas had already decided in his heart that he’d betray Jesus for money, long before Satan entered into him, it’s that decision and desire to betray, to plot evil, to plan murder, that allowed or enabled Satan to gain entry.
We allow Satan entry when we think, plan and plot with evil intent, not matter what the temptation is, and they can be strong at times, we must be aware of what’s at stake.
When did the other disciples catch-on that Judas was the betrayer?
It wasn’t until Jesus was kissed by Judas and arrested, but Jesus knew who he was and when he’d do it, before it happened and before Judas even thought about betraying Him. Imagine Jesus, when he was choosing the 12 originally, knowing that one of them was going to betray Him?
Judas’ Betrayal Predicted in the Bible.
We must realise that Judas’ betrayal of the Lord was predicted hundreds of years before he was born. This fact doesn’t take away Judas’ guilt or personal responsibility, because even though we’re all tempted by Satan, we’re going to be held accountable for the decisions we make, therefore Judas’ responsibility and guilt remains.
Acts 1:15-20 “During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them.
16 “Brothers,” he said, “the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David.
17 Judas was one of us and shared in the ministry with us.”
18 (Judas had bought a field with the money he received for his treachery. Falling headfirst there, his body split open, spilling out all his intestines.
19 The news of his death spread to all the people of Jerusalem, and they gave the place the Aramaic name Akeldama, which means “Field of Blood.”)
20 Peter continued, “This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, ‘Let his home become desolate, with no one living in it.’ It also says, ‘Let someone else take his position.’”
The Psalms Peter is talking about (Confirmed by Paul) were Psalm 69:25 and 109:8. You’ll note from these Psalms that Judas is not mentioned by name, but the fact that he’d betray the Lord. Judas fulfilled Old Testament prophesy. But there are other Psalms that predict it more specifically; Psalm 41:9 (NIV) “Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.”
How Much Would It Take to Betray the LORD?
For Judas it was 30 pieces of silver:
Matthew 26:14-16 “Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.”
Just 30 Pieces of Silver: The life of Jesus for money. He’d been with Jesus for a long time and knew what Jesus was like, what possessed him to think that any amount of money was worth betraying the most gentle, loving, kind human being to ever walk the planet?
We can all be like Judas though, because whenever we choose to act, to speak or even think about evil sinful things, we’re choosing the pleasures of sin over and above our devotion and love for the Lord. 30 Pieces of Silver probably was a lot of money in those days, perhaps Judas thought he’d become rich, but the pleasures of sin are momentary, fleeting, like a mist, they don’t last and as we observe Judas bitterly regretted his betrayal of the Lord and took his own life in the end.
Proverbs 13:11 11 Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
You know my friends, the bible tells us that SIN leads to death: When SINFUL DESIRE is full grown: James 1:13-18 “When tempted, no-one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
Judas’ sinful desire for Money (The LOVE of Money is the root of all evil), led to his downfall. He’d been chosen by the Lord, given a fantastic opportunity to be alongside the most awesome person to set foot upon the earth, yet he chose money over a person’s life. Judas, even before Satan entered into him, was a wayward character.
He Dips His Bread In The Same Cup As The LORD:
Remember what Jesus said, “He who dips his bread in the cup”…
Mark 14:18-21 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” 19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely not I?” 20 “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. 21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
Dipping his bread in the same cup as the Lord: Only close friends would do that. I can’t imagine letting anyone dip their biscuit in my cup of coffee or tea, but a really good friend, I might consider it 🙂 Judas and all the Disciples were by now, very close and good friends of the Lord Jesus, yet he was going to betray the Lord. It would be better not to have been born than betray the Son of Man: The Lord Jesus Christ. Each time we’re tempted to wander away from the Lord, we should remember the cost of betrayal. “It would be better not to have been born”… There’s always going to be very BITTER REGRET.
The Kiss of Death
We must now turn to the actual act of betrayal: When Jesus revealed that one from among those He’d chosen would betray Him.
Luke 22:47-48 “While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
A kiss of greeting between good friends is a wonderful thing, it denotes great closeness, fondness and fellowship. So much of what Judas did as a disciple has entered into folk-lore and there are so many sayings for Betrayal linked directly back to what Judas did when he betrayed our Lord Jesus.
Saints Who Give the Kiss of Death to Jesus:
We’ve all seen brothers and sisters who’ve been like Judas, who’ve wandered away from the Lord because of the pleasures of sin and the deceitfulness of wealth. Ministers who once had a thriving ministry with powerful signs and wonders accompanying, then they gave into the pride of life, the deceitfulness of wealth or sexual sins. Satan loves nothing more than to draw our affections away from Jesus and serving in His Kingdom to other things. In the beginning those things can look good or innocent, but when they take our time, talents and treasures away from the Lord’s work, they’ll lead to our downfall like Judas. Let’s not be found guilty of giving The Kiss of Death to our walk with Jesus.
My friends, don’t let anything you do be The Kiss of Death to your relationship with the LORD.
I’m praying that I won’t be a Judas, that I won’t ever offer the Kiss of Death, pretending close affinity, but inwardly filled with evil intent. That the Lord will so fill me with His Holy Spirit and my will and heart’s desire will always be to walk in righteousness and holiness with Him. I’m also praying that for all my friends and everyone reading this today. It’s so easy to be a Judas and only realise later and bitterly regret that you’ve betrayed the Lord. Satan, the World and our own sinful flesh are so deceptive and enticing, LORD help us to live always for you and not for our own pleasures because we know that it will be the Kiss of Death to all our relationships but most importantly with You Lord. Amen!
Have an Awesome day with Jesus.
When Judas betrayed Jesus, it was with The Kiss of Death.