Another Side of Sunday: The Path

Then, while [Jesus] was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying, “The man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him and lead him away securely.” He came and immediately went over to him and said, “Rabbi.” And he kissed him. At this they laid hands on him and arrested him.

Mark 14: 43-46

Look back, before the fatal kiss was given. Judas sitting as Jesus washed his feet. Eating the Passover meal with the others. Did he feel his gut tighten when Jesus mentioned betrayal? Did he realize he was caught?

Imagine when Judas took the bread from the hand of his Savior. The moment their eyes locked and he recognized the pain, the hurt. I wonder what thoughts flew through his mind as Jesus said, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”

The pure evil of it all catches us by surprise. But make no mistake, God is never surprised.

He had a plan from the beginning. He knew what man did not. For in order to save the world, His Son had to suffer and die, just like the prophets foretold.

The weight of it all was just too much for Judas. His guilt and betrayal too heavy to bear. So burdensome, he took his own life.

Do you ever wonder what might have been if Judas, in the midst of his guilt and shame, ran hard to the cross where the Savior hung and asked for forgiveness? What might have happened if he took Jesus at his word and trusted his future to the one who holds the fate of the world in His hands?

Are you bogged down in the heaviness of Lent? Feeling guilt and shame over your own choices?

Take heart! The Savior paid the price. There is no need for restitution. No need to carry the weight any further. Just do what Judas didn’t. Run fast to the cross and trust the one who suffered for you. For He is faithful and true to His Word.

Dear God, I know there are times I have turned away from You. I know there are times I have been no better than Judas. In my heart, it is my desire to run to you and not away from you. Give me the understanding to recognize those times. Give me strength to resist the temptation of a kiss.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. …”

Matthew 11:28-29

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