The Traitor's Kiss
JUDAS HAD FOUND HOW TO BETRAY JESUS IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE AUTHORITIES COULD COME UPON HIM WHEN THE CROWD WAS NOT THERE. HE KNEW THAT JESUS WAS IN THE HABIT OF GOING AT NIGHTS TO THE GARDEN ON THE HILL, AND THERE HE LED THE EMISSARIES OF THE SANHEDRIN. THE CAPTAIN OF THE TEMPLE, OR THE SAGAN, AS HE WAS CALLED, WAS THE OFFICIAL WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GOOD ORDER OF THE TEMPLE; THE CAPTIANS OF THE TEMPLE REFERRED TO HERE WERE HIS LIEUTENANTS WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING OUT THE ACTUAL ARREST OF JESUS. WHEN A DISCIPLE MET A BELOVED RABBI, HE LAID HIS RIGHT HAND ON THE RABBI'S LEFT SHOULDER AN HIS LEFT HAND ON THE RIGHT SHOULDER AND KISSED HIM. IT WAS THE KISS OF A DISCIPLE TO A BELOVED MASTER THAT JUDAS USED AS A SIGN OF BETRAYAL.
THERE WERE FOUR DIFFERENT PARTIES INVOLVED IN THIS ARREST, AND THEIR ACTIONS, AND REACTIONS ARE VERY SIGNIFICANT.
(1ST) THERE WAS JUDAS THE TRAITOR. HE WAS THE MAN WHO HAD ABANDONED GOD AND ENTERED INTO A LEAGUE WITH THE DEVIL. IT IS ONLY WHEN A PERSON HAS PUT GOD OUT OF HIS LIFE, AND TAKEN THE DEVIL IN, THAT HE CAN SINK TO SELLING JESUS.
(2ND) THERE WERE THE JEWS WHO HAD COME TO ARREST JESUS. THEY WERE THE MEN WHO WERE BLIND TO GOD. WHEN GOD INCARNATE CAME TO EARTH, ALL THEY COULD THINK OF WAS HOW TO HUSTLE HIM TO A CROSS. THEY HAD SO LONG CHOSEN THEIR OWN WAY AND SHUT THEIR EARS TO THE VOICE OF GOD, AND THEIR EYES TO HIS GUIDANCE THAT IN THE END, THEY COULD NOT RECOGNIZE HIM WHEN HE CAME. IT IS A TERRIBLE THING TO BE BLIND, AND DEAF TO GOD. AS MRS. BROWNING WROTE, "I too have strength---Strength to behold him, and not worship him, Strength to fall from him, and not to cry to him." GOD SAVE US FROM STRENGTH LIKE THAT!
Life Application: Do you accept the lines Mrs. Browning wrote? Or have you become blind to God? Open your eyes, and call out to Jesus for life.
Praise/Prayer: Dear Father, You knew the price that You would have to pay for Jesus' life when He came to earth. The devil was waiting for Him to come just so he could kill Him. However, the devil didn't know that You could raise Jesus from the tomb that His body was placed in. You are Almighty God. You can do everything. Hallelujah! Amen!