July 08, 2020
A Friend Named Judas
Matthew 26:48-50 (KJB) Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
We can learn a lot about friendship and regard for others from both Jesus and Judas. Though they lived at opposite ends of the spiritual spectrum while alive on this earth, lessons concerning both are vital to our longterm spiritual health and eternal well-being.
One, we can choose to treat our enemies and those who want to hurt us with friendship and respect, modeling our actions and words after the character and actions recorded of Jesus.
Second, we can expect to have sincere friends and those, like Judas, whose only desire is to hinder and hurt us and to wrap us up in a one-sided alliance which proves detrimental.
As this scripture verse states above- Jesus has a friend named Judas, who was even hand-picked to be among His inner circle of twelve disciples. However, Judas was only interested in his benefit and position in this world. Judas sought to turn Jesus over to the authorities for a small monetary gain and perhaps recognition among the soldiers and the government.
This verse may be hard to understand since we also know that Judas was the same man to betray Jesus, leading the soldiers, who are “they” in this verse, to arrest Him in the garden.
We may ask, how could Jesus consider this man a friend?
Ask yourself, how can Jesus consider even me a friend?
How hard it is to determine to call an outright enemy a friend and to decide to treat him or her with respect despite their intended actions. But, this demeanor is precisely what Jesus chose, even knowing the end from the beginning concerning Judas and each of us too. This lesson proves that we can treat our enemies with friendship and respect by identifying with Jesus Christ as we sojourn in this world.