April 19

Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priest, the teachers of the law, and the elders. Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi” and kissed him. (Mark 14:43-45 NIV)

I find it interesting that it says here—“Judas one of the twelve.” Judas is identified with the twelve as he betrays Jesus. What is intended by such a statement? Judas was an eyewitness of Jesus’ life. He saw wonderful things as he walked with the Lord. Yet, here he is three years later on the opposite side of Jesus in the Garden.

As the leader of the high priest’s band to arrest Jesus he arranged a sign to top it off. So Judas was not just a shadowy figure in all this who hid behind a fern while the mob took care of business. He was an active agent who followed through all the way to the face of Jesus. Truly it is people like this who I believe the book of Hebrews has in mind when it says that they crucify the Son of God all over again and subject him to public disgrace. People like this trample the blood of Christ under their feet as if it were a common thing. Blackest darkness will be their lot forever. It is a grave warning for any who reject Christ. Let us hold onto Christ with an undying love and devotion.