The story of Judas is a tragic one. He walked with Jesus but did not believe he was God. How could someone so close to Christ betray him? What does this mean for us? Erik Raymond, pastor at Emmaus Bible Church, made this observation:
This is often the way apostasy works. People see the work of Christ in the lives of people, they hear the word of Christ in the Scriptures, and even experience the benefits of Christ in the context of the community—and yet they turn away (Hebrews 6.4-8). This is, and always has been, a heart-breaking disaster. Judas is no different.
There are three things we can learn from observing Jesus and Judas:
1. We must love your enemies. Jesus knew Judas would betray him, yet he did not hesitate to wash his feet. God knows the evil in every man’s heart and will judge them accordingly. He will judge you too. The grace of God is that we can all have our sins wiped clean through faith in Christ. Not all our enemies will have saving faith so we must honor God’s judgment by allowing God to do what he must. Our human responsibility is to love.
2. God is full of grace. Looking at Judas, it is clear that anyone could betray Jesus for the temporal things of the world. By the grace of God, not everyone will. Those who he chose to be his children will never fall away from his grasp. His children are his and that is grace.
3. Our friends might betray Christ. Just because someone surrounds themselves with Christian friends and Christian teaching doesn’t mean they are truly converted. They may betray Jesus in the last hour. Believers must look for the fruit in other believers to know who belongs to Christ. Christians, when presented with the truth, will repent. Otherwise, never let someone think they are a Christian when they are not. That would be unloving. Present the truth to them in love and call for their repentance. Call all your friends to worship God with all your heart.