“The Real Bad Guy”

And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.  Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.  And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

(Acts 1:15-19)

Judas Iscariot is one of the most talked about people among Christians.  We hear his name brought up a lot around the Easter season.  We like to make Judas out to be the big bad evil guy.  There are some that believe Judas was used by the devil.  There are others that believe Judas was asked by Jesus to go and betray Him, or to set things in motion.  Is Judas really the enemy in the death of Jesus?

If we were to take a deep look we would see the true, “big bad evil guy”.  The real traitor in the scripture is us!  All of us!  Our sin is the reason Jesus was beaten and hung on that cross.  It all started in the Garden of Eden when Eve took of the fruit.  You may be thinking, “the devil tricked Eve”.  Adam and Eve both knew the rules God laid out and should have followed them.  The serpent did not make them sin.  It was their choice to sin.

I think one of the reasons Judas is so interesting to us, is he betrayed Jesus.  How could one of Jesus’ own betray Him?  I am sure it was hard for the disciples to see one of their own betray Jesus.  They had eaten, fellowshipped, and worked with this man.  They thought they knew this man.  They had seen him participate in the ministry of our Lord.  How could he hand over Jesus to be crucified?

From my observation of Judas, he does what many of us are guilty of today.  Judas traded the eternal for the temporal.  Judas could not see past the money, social problems, and his own safety.  In doing this he fulfilled the prophecy in the Old Testament Peter speaks of here.  God did not force Judas to hand Jesus over, but God had the foreknowledge of what Judas would do.  Let us take a lesson from Judas.   Do not trade the will of God for the temporal.

Has there been a time when you trusted God with His plan even when it seemed dangerous or crazy?  How did God show Himself to you during that time?