Did Judas actually scheme against Jesus or was it his faith? Did Judas actually think that Jesus would let them take him? Did Judas actually think that Jesus would run? Did Judas actually sit in the midst of Jesus and not hear him say the one that dip with me in the cup would betray me? Was it a scheme or faith that took Judas to the Council against Jesus?
Matthew 26:20-25Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, he said, verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me and they were exceeding sorrowful and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord is it I? And he answered and said, he that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him; but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas which betrayed him answered and said, Master is it I? He said unto him, thou hast said.
Jesus knew of the conspiracy against him and he did everything to forewarn and prepare the Disciples for his upcoming death. Rather they understood or not they heard him. How many times do we hear what the Word says and not understand what it says?
Judas was the treasurer of the group. He kept the money, paid their bills ect. He also was one given to forming ways of getting money through carefully arranging and systematically programming actions for attaining money. He was given to making underhanded plans and plots to work the vision to a definite end. He outlined and diagrammed every step to the T. Judas knew what he wanted and how he would get what was needed to fulfill the mission of Christ. Little did he know that the faith he had in his plans would be used by Christ to fulfill the work as it was written; it would also cost him his life at his own hand. His plan was to get the money from the Scribes, Chief Priests, and Elders, give them Jesus and knowing Jesus as he thought he did, he would have a way of escape. It wasn’t God’s Will though that Jesus escaped but that he would die.
When we do things to get money are we scheming or is it faith? Do we really trust God for what we need or do we do the things that are conducive to our flesh to get what we want? The elite of the Church folks was sitting around trying to figure out how they could kill Jesus. Jesus had said to the Disciples that after two days of the Feasts of the Passover that he would be betrayed and crucified. They didn’t want to kill him on the feast day for it would anger the people to an uproar. Isn’t it funny that we reverence a day more than we reverence God? People even today would get in an uproar if something out of the ordinary happened and their special day was ruined. This scheme they had would have to be planned with all the I’s and T’s erected and crossed. They knew that Jesus was loved by most people and they had to plan for war if it broke out.
Jesus was in Simon the Leper house in Bethany when the woman with the alabaster box of very precious ointment came in and poured it on his head. When the Disciples saw it they had indignation and said “to what purpose is this waste” for the ointment might have been sold for much and given to the poor? They were scheming in their minds not really given to faith. Jesus understood their thinking though and he said “why trouble ye the woman? For she hath wrought a good work upon me, for ye have the poor with you always; but me ye have not always”. He told them that she had anointed him for his burial and wherever the gospel is preached, what she has done would be a memorial of her. This angered Judas; he was thinking money, not memory. He got up and went to the Chief Priests to betray Jesus. Was it a scheme or faith that he went with?
Matthew 26:15 Judas asked the Chief Priests “what will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver”. Judas then went on and looked for the opportunity how he might deliver on his promise. How many times do we plan and plot to get money legally or illegally? Illegally it might cost us our lives as it did Judas. Illegally it could involve someone else. Illegally it gets us caught up in stuff we can’t get out of except we do like Judas did and live in hell for eternity. Judas schemed and planned how he would get money. He got angry with Jesus his leader and decided to sell him since he could sell the oil that was poured over him; just him. Judas may have had a little jealousy over the attention Jesus had from the woman. He may have been a little envious and malice set in. We have to watch those feelings and emotions for we too can destroy innocent lives with them.
The Disciples as they traveled they asked Jesus where they were to go to prepare for them to eat the Passover. He sent them into the City to a certain place already prepared. They were to tell the man that their Master said “my time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with my disciples”. They did as Jesus had appointed them and made ready the Passover. Jesus then sat down with the twelve disciples when the evening came. As they did eat, yes they all ate including Judas as if nothing had taken place. He had already betrayed Jesus and could sit there in his face as if he had done nothing. How deceptive! But this was a part of his scheme; he had to get information. Did Jesus know? Of course he did! We know when the people around us don’t mean us any good. They are the ones disturbed in their minds and want to know what we are doing day in and day out.
Matthew 26:21 and as they die eat, he said, verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. Now if Jesus said that to one of us we would probably get up and try to over talk him. We would begin to pace and wander around the room trying to make excuses but each one of the Disciples including Judas said Lord is it I? Now either they missed what he said or wasn’t cognizant that he said the one that dip his hand with him in the dish would betray him. Were they not paying attention or did God cover them where they could not intervene and kill the culprit? Jesus told them that it is written of him to die the death that he would die for the sins of the world. He also told them that they one used would in so many words die also. Deceitfully Judas asked Jesus Lord is it I and Jesus answered him “thou hast said”. What if that was one of us Jesus was talking to? What would we do? What do we do with the schemes and plans we say are for the sake of Christ?
Are our motives and intents after the order of God concerning the work we do for Christ? Are our motives and intents really to promote the gospel or are they intended to fatten our pockets and bring glory to us and not God? Are we perpetrated schemes or do we really have faith in what we do for Christ that God will bring it to an expected end? Can we stand when things get rough? Can we endure the pressure when life takes us to the grave and we know it is eminent? Sure the Devil had to use somebody but Judas put himself in that position to be used. When we put ourselves in a position to be used by the Devil to do evil we naturally want to die afterwards. How could we have allowed ourselves to be used to bring forth destruction to a soul? This is how a suicidal spirit is birth in the heart of man. If we don’t seek God and know the Word we too can fall as Judas did and spend eternity in hell.
Christ came to his own people and they received him not but he died for all that we have remission of sins for which his blood was shed. He is looking to drink of the cup and eat with us again on that day with us in His Father’s Kingdom. Will we make it to the Kingdom? It’s up to us. Stop scheming today to fatten ourselves in the earth. The Kingdom of Heaven is not built on meat and drink, nor is it in things. It is joy, peace, and righteousness in the Holy Ghost. We can make up our minds today to accept what Christ has done on our behalf and come to Him. Come with a mind made up to follow and know Him in the beauty of Holiness. Come to find out more of Him and what He has done for us. Come repent!
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