Last week I gave you a question to think about. The main thought in the question was this: Could you take the place of Judas? If you missed the scenario, there is a link to last week’s article at the beginning of this discussion. So, if you could go back in time and Jesus asked you to follow Him as Judas you would have loads of things to consider. I think this question could lead into a very long book…but I’m not going that deep. Obviously, not here. First off, in this scenario, both of you know where this is heading. You know as much as Jesus as to how this story is going to play out! In the original story, Jesus knew what was going to take place; Judas did not. I’ve asked several people this question over the last week and here are some of the thoughts we’ve come up with:
If you say to Jesus, “I will not!” then you might be just flat out refusing to walk with Christ.
You may not even fully understand why Jesus was here, to begin with.
I’ve had people say, “No. Because he betrayed Jesus and I would NEVER betray Jesus!”
OK…But, If Judas hadn’t betrayed his teacher Jesus would not have gone to the cross. Or, at least when He did.
I’ve had someone say, “I would make sure He was not crucified…Oh, no that doesn’t work either does it...”
I’ve had people say, “If I say yes then the world will despise me forever.”
As we read in Matthew 27:3-10, Judas repented and took back the thirty silver coins. He was so remorseful that “He went off and hanged himself.” As Christians, we forget that Judas loved Jesus and he repented. As sinful people we leave out the thought of forgiveness; we want Judas punishedfor what he did. We also don’t think about the fact Jesus called Judas and knew what was about to happen. He knew that His crucifixion was the plan all along. The whole world could not have salvation without it.
Judas played a major role in the events leading up to the world’s salvation. We say, easily, that we will go to our death for Jesus! I say that’s an easy thing to say because Jesus laid down His life for us. He has the ability to reward us with everlasting life. If we could take the place of Judas, knowing what we know now, we would be laying down our lives for the world. And, it would come without any acknowledgment from that world which doesn’t deserve salvation and doesn’t have any way to repay it. In the end, all of the Apostles died terrible deaths. They gave their lives for the world, in Jesus’ name, so that the world would know Christ.