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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