The Kiss of Betrayal

As I was reading in Luke, I began to think about Judas Iscariot. Judas was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. Jesus chose Judas and the other eleven men to follow him, eat with him and be his friend. Jesus loved his twelve disciples. They were always together. Jesus helped them in so many ways and taught each of them so much. Jesus knew that he would not be accepted by some people and they would spend eternity in Hell. He also knew that others would listen to the truth he spoke and one day spend eternity in Heaven. I could only imagine how his heart was broken when one of his precious disciples, whom he loved dearly, betrayed him. A man that he had shared so much with. A man that he had taught so much too. A man whom he had spent so much time with. We may ask ourself how did this happen? Why did Jesus’ chosen disciple betray him to be put to death? What happen to Judas’ love for Jesus? Luke 22:3-6:3 “Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. 5 They were delighted and they promised to give him money. 6 So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds were not around.”

Judas gave into his temptation. He did not control his thoughts and emotions. I’m sure when he spoke to the priest, he was able to justify everything that he did. He might even told himself that this would help Jesus and his ministry. He let Satan plant a seed in his mind and before he knew it Satan had entered him and taken over. He let his guard down. Luke 22:21-22 “But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is a man who will betray me. 22For it has been determined that the Son of Man must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays him.” Luke 22:47-48 “But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of his twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him WITH A KISS. 48 But Jesus said, “Judas, would you BETRAY THE SON OF MAN WITH A KISS.”

As I was reading this, I began thinking what is the difference between Judas and myself? Each time I’m not obedient to God, I have given Jesus a KISS. Each time I lie, I have given Jesus a KISS. Each time that I give into my fleshly desires, I have given Jesus a KISS. Each time that I am not obeying God’s Word, I have given Jesus a KISS. Judas was just an ordinary man who loved Jesus, but somehow lost control and was deceived by Satan. Judas lost his focus. He began to focus on money and not Jesus. He lost his soul for silver. We must be cautious with our thoughts. We must understand that our strength comes from God and not ourselves. We should not take credit for anything that is good but give the credit to our Father who has helped us achieve all that is good. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 “12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” Timothy tells us how to deal with this temptation. 2 Timothy 2 :22-26 “22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Instead pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call of the Lord with pure hearts. 23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change these people’s hearts and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.”

So let us be cautious not to be deceived by worldly people and worldly things. We must always keep our focus on Jesus and continue reading God’s word for ourself, so we will know what to do with this life , we have been trusted with. This is not a game. Are we going to break Jesus’ heart like Judas did? Our choices can lead us to eternity with Jesus or eternity with Satan. So what are we going to do?

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14 thoughts on “The Kiss of Betrayal

  1. We best stand and with stand for Jesus. When one of us falls we pray that the other will pull him/her up quickly. In 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18 and 2 Corinthians 7: 1. Do not be yoked together with unbelievers (the world). For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

    May we truly know whom we walk with (God or the world) and may we seek counsel from others who are watch man/women for Jesus as Satan is just waiting to take down anyone and especially those who are the closest to Jesus. Lord Jesus may we have willing hearts to be pulled back on your path. May the Shepherd’s hook be welcomed every time.

  2. In reading this……it reminds me of a GREAT song I have known and loved, and it has GREAT truth! Sing with me!

    “Oh be careful little eyes, what you see
    Oh be careful little ears, what you hear
    Oh be careful little tongue, what you say
    Oh be careful little hands, what you touch”

    Chorus in between each verse:
    “For the Father up above is looking
    down with love, so be careful little……”

    For we know that 1Peter 5:8-11 says: “Control yourselves and be careful! The devil, your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat. Refuse to give into him, by standing strong in your faith. You know that your Christian family all over the world is having the same kinds of suffering. And after you suffer for a short time, God, who gives all grace, will make everything right. He will make you strong and support you and keep you from falling. He called you to share in his glory in Christ, a glory that will continue forever. All power is his forever and ever. Amen.”

  3. Thank you for this blog of warning chickenfarmer and for the comments of Rena and Needles. Yes, one lie, one deception, one time entering into gossip, one jealous thought, one display of arrogance, one unkindness and on and one goes the lists of sins….each one opens a door for Satan to gain entrance and authority in our lives. And if we don’t face and deal with things (‘purify ourselves’as Rena’s scripture read) and repent and change we can soon be totally taken over by Satan as happened to Judas.

  4. Thanks Chickenfarmer for a great reminder and warning. I have been thinking the last few weeks how I had attended a spiritual retreat, visited the “Billy Graham Library” and been on the mountaintop in my spiritual walk. Then I had to go back to daily duties which at times almost overwhelms me and truly takes my focus off of the One that got me to the mountain and the valleys. I love the words you used, “This is not a game”. For these are the words that I heard loud and clear from the walls of Billy Graham’s Library. He knew our spiritual walk was not a game we play with like a toy.

    I have had the joy while being in the valley to hear how you have stirred up your spiritual gift and working on your spiriutal gift to be used in a broader way then ever.

    I also like the way you compared ‘ the judas kiss’ with ourselves…as you said each time I…….we have given Jesus a Judas Kiss. I hope I will take time and pause, ‘Selah’ and think on these things.

    Matt. 24:37-38: “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,” Prov. 26:12 “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.” Jer. 18:12 “And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.” Psalm 147:11“The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”

    These are just a few of the scriptures that came to me from reading your blog., Keep preaching Chickenfarmer. I pray that God will use you mightily in His service.

  5. Great teachings in these comments! I imagine that there had existed a seed of evil laying dormant in Judas. The sainted Paul writes in Romans 7, “for sin, seizing the opportunity and getting a hold on me beguiled and entrapped me ….v. 15…For I do not understand my own actions. I do not practice the thing that I preach and wish to do, but I do the thing I loathe and have preached against. Now it is no longer I who do the deed but the sin principle which is at home in me and has possession of me. For I know that nothing good dwells in my flesh. I can will to do what is right and know that it is right but I cannot perform it. I fail to follow through on the good that I should and know to do and I end up doing the evil because I am helpless against the pull and draw of my flesh.
    Earlier in the Gospels it was mentioned that Judas held the treasury bag and that he was a thief. So that sin was lurking in his “members” already, maybe from childhood. When he gave in to that concuipisence, lust, a seed of sin that, or as Paul says, the sin principle is “at home” in us.
    If we do not rise up against it and take every thought captive….the song says…”day after day, take every thought captive” But I say MOMENT AFTER MOMENT take every thought captive lest a root of bitterness spring up and the lust of the flesh takes the driver’s seat in us.
    We must walk very circumspectly, and carefully lest we be taken in a fault like the one who has fallen away.

  6. I pray as Wendy says, “So let us be cautious not to be deceived by worldly people and worldly things.” In church we sang about God’s grace. In the message bible, 2 Corinthians 6: 2-18 it says God reminds us,

    I heard your call in the nick of time,
    The day you needed me, I was there to help.

    Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated – or not – in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly … in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating, with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.”

    Grace, Grace, God’s Grace or the Judas Kiss. God’s Grace touching us each and every day. Which line do we want to hold on to?

  7. When I thought about God saying: “I heard your call in the nick of time, the day you needed me, I was there to help.” I was reminded of a song we would often sing in Sunday School.

    Standing In The Need Of Prayer

    Lyrics: Traditional
    Music: Traditional

    Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer
    Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer
    It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer
    It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer

    Not the preacher, not the sinner, but it’s me oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer
    Not the preacher, not the sinner, but it’s me oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer
    It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer
    It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer

    Not my mother, not my father, but it’s me oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer
    Not my mother, not my father, but it’s me oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer
    It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer
    It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer

    It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer
    It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, oh Lord
    Standing in the need of prayer

  8. Debi reminded us of a scripture that came up in a discussion we were having about laboring in the Kingdom work, concerning the boss who went out and hired day laborers; some at 6:00 a.m. and some at noon and some at 5:00 p.m. and contracted to pay them each a certain amount, which each agreed to. At the end of the day the 6:00 a.m. workers thought they should really get more because they worked all day and bore the heat of the day. But the boss said, “You contracted and agreed with me that I would pay you this certain amount. Take what you have agreed to and go forward. ” The first shall be last and the last shall be first.” There is personal reward in the Kingdom for the work done and only God (the Boss) knows how and whom to reward. And if we seek our reward from men in acclaimation and fame and gratitude and recognition then we have our reward. We will not receive anything more from the Lord on that particualr project.
    Joyce Meyer tells the story on herself that one time when she was at the beauty shop Holy Spirit prompted her to give her rhinestone Jesus pin to the beautician and tell her that He loves her. Joyce decided that she would wait until another patron was in earshot and “sight ” reasoning that it would be a witness to both women. But Joyce confesses that in her heart she really wanted the women BOTH to think what a generaous Christian she was. So she hesitated instead of obeying promptly and waited until the other woman was watching and she gave the Jesus pin to their beautician. Of course, the beautician was touched and the other woman marveled.
    Feeling proud of her accomplishment she proceeded to leave the shop when Holy Spirit spoke to her, clearly…..”Well, you just got your reward for that deed. Don’t expect anything more from ME concerning that.” OUCH!
    When we do our work and our deeds to be SEEN and ADMIRED and constantly be acclaimed for them, that’s all we’re going to get. Admiration, acclaimation from MAN. But God looks on the heart. EVERY DEED; EVERY ATTITUDE; EVERY MOTIVE; EVERY INTENTION; EVERY TIME!!
    The Kingdom of God is like that. The first are Last and the last are first. !

  9. The Matthew 20 passage you referenced MG also tells me that God wage for man is His mercy and that is sufficient.

    Lamentations 3:22-23

    22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; [1]
    his mercies never come to an end;
    23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

  10. Thoughts about the study of God’s Word, Judas, Noah, Adam and Eve, Abraham, David, Rahab, Peter, Paul and others and their Biographies. 1) no fluff or puff, stories are gruesome to my mind, eyes and ears at times. 2) Fact is God has allowed us to interact and encounter the ‘heroes of faith’ in full bloom, blemishes, serious sin, flaws and failures, yet greatness.

    Abraham offered his wife in return for his personal safety, not once, but twice. Noah got drunk. Rahab, an ancestor of Jesus, was a prostitute. Paul was contentious and Peter was a hypocrite. OK, enough of this gruesome behavior.

    We don’t worship at the altar of another human being, if we do, we become disillusion with them and ourselves as well as life. Too many times most of us have given our Lord and His family a ‘judas kiss.’ We worship Jesus, Christ, the Lord. And, His Word reveals the stories of flawed human beings. Yet, it tells us how God used these same flawed human beings in ‘prodigious’ ways.
    Let us together look into this perfect cut beautiful elegant beveled edge mirror and see ourselves and our fellow workers.

    2 Corinthians 4:7 (Amplified Bible) “However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.”

  11. 2 Corinthians 4:7 (The Message) 7-12 “If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!”

  12. Sara, I totally agree with your comments above. These are an excellent great leaders of God, flawed human beings, used by God (althought they are flawed) to advance his Kingdom. We may ask ourselves, what did they do different to accomplish the great things that they were able to do. I believe the key is their relationship with God. Each of them had a growing relationship with our Father. During the times of great need, their faith was the strongest. They believed God would intervene and pull them through. They did not panic. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were also flawed human beings. During their need which was face to face with a horrible death, they trusted in God to intervene. They knew this would happen. They didn’t think it would with an undecided heart. They knew it. Their faith grew strong. They stayed focused on God. They didn’t focus on the heat from the furance, but on God. Daniel was also a flawed human being that was used by God. When Daniel was in need, he knew that God would intervene. He didn’t question it. He knew it. When he was in that dark lions den he knew God would take care of his need. He didn’t lose his focus and his faith was strong. We should not doubt our Father. If we doubt him, a seed of sin will be planted in us. This is a door that can be used by Satan and his demons. If we allow these seeds to continue to grow we will be corrupted and deceived. Satan can come in and cloud our mind and we may truely believe we are doing God’s will when we aren’t. We may become FALSE APOSTLES. Satan has deceived us to believeing we are doing God’s work. 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 “3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 4You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.” Paul is warning us on how we can be deceived. If we as flawed human beings have a “sin seed planted and we are listening to everyone else’s clutter, we will become confused and possible become a false apostle. The same thing happens if you have one dandelion in your beautiful yard on a windy day. In a week your yard is covered in these dandelions and your vision can’t get pased these dandelions to see your beautiful yard. Why did this happen? We didn’t pull this weedy flower before the wind came. We must cleanse ourself daily before the Lord. We must not let our troubled times overwhelm our Spirit and take our focus off of God. Numbers 13:25-29 “25After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. 27 This was their report to Moses:’ We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country- a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. 28But the people living their are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! 29 The Amalekites live in Negev, and the Hittites. Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.” When these men reported all the “milk and honey” that they had seen. I’m sure the people were thinking, this sounds great. A whole lot better than the wilderness. When the men reported about the giants and powerful people, they planted a seed of fear. The negative report over power the positive. They no longer focused on the good but focus on the bad instead. Although, they knew God had brought them this far, they said no we can’t fight against these strong men, they are too powerful. Their fear and doubt began to spread among the people. They lost their focus on God and began to doubt what he could do. Their minds were clouded and they were decieved. Instead of saying. “Hey we have God on our side, we can accomplish anything. They said we can’t fight these powerful people. They lost focus and their faith was weakened. We need to understand the importance of staying close to the Lord. Cleaning ourselves daily before the Lord. Plant GOD’S SEED instead of SIN SEED. As I said before, this is not a game. We have to keep our guard up, so we will not be decieved. Judas realized what he had done, but it was too late. Matthew 27 :3-4 “When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. 4″I have sinned,” he declared, ” for I have betrayed an innocent man.” “What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.” 5Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.” Judas realized his sin too late. We must wake up before it is too late. We may be flawed human beings, but we can be overcomers with God’s help. Lord, help us and use us for your kingdom.

  13. Believing vs doubting is freedom or bondage, life or death, peace or turmoil, heaven or hell.
    Believing God shows true humility and submission and is rewarded by God.
    In the same way, Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”Gal 3:6

    James 1:7 “A person who has doubts shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord.”

  14. Peter, who had just asked the Lord in a BOLD MOVE, to let him walk on the waters to go to JESUS and after Jesus said YES, he started his WALK! And he DID WALK…on the WATER!!!..Peter, a mere man…rough and tumble Peter…not a sainted (at that time) Mother Teresa type, but a hearty sailor man….loud-mouthed, foot-in-the -mouth-Peter. And JESUS SAID, “YES, COME TO ME!!” And he did! He walked on water. MIRACLE!
    But when he was the tumult of waves around him…he got scared. I guess he took his eyes off JESUS his GOAL and looked at the dark and muddy waves of water crashing all around him and he got scared. He got fearful and he went down. He quickly did the right thing, ( AND THE ONLY THING) though. He cried out to Jesus and Jesus LIFTED HIM UP.
    Sara says that our lives are in constant risk for Jesus’ sake. Peter’s was at that moment because Peter took a risk…(notice the others in the boat didn’t ) and had intended to go to Jesus but he got scared.
    Then Jesus said to Peter, as HE lifted him up….out of muddy waters…Ps. 18:16…He drew me out of MANY waters” Then Jesus said to him…
    ” Oh, you of little faith. Where is your Faith?? Why did you doubt?”
    Peter is not the only one whom Jesus has called to “walk on the waters of adversity, recrimination, injustice and accusation. We all are called. When the water is smooth we think we’re ‘cool’. But when the waters of people’s temperament churn up for some real or imagined offense we get our eyes off the goal and we look at the muddy waters. And then WE are offended and we start to sink in the adversity !
    I guess we figure Jesus can’t pull us out of this one and we slosh around, frantically beating the waves when all the time HE says, “JUST COME TO ME. I FIX IT. I SAVE YOU (from yourselves).
    Why do we DOUBT that He can do it? Oh Jesus! We do come to You with our pains and we do NOT DOUBT but BELIEVE that YOU fix all things for those who love you and come to YOU in FAITH!

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