Lessons Learned From Judas Iscariot

Judas Betraying JesusAssisi Church Fresco

Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose Judas Iscariot as one of his twelve disciples? After all, he did sell Him out for 30 pieces of silver, which in turn led to His death on the cross. I’m sure Christ lovingly hoped Judas would change. But in the end, he refused, and ended up accomplishing Gods plan anyhow. Christ, knowing all this in advance, still allowed Judas to be one of his twelve. So I have to wonder, could their be more of a purpose for Judas? I mean, he was one of those closest to him, he ate with him, sat with him, he was taught by him,  allowed to see miracles and wonders first hand. He was even allowed to be one of the close friends of Jesus. Yet all along he was stealing from the treasuries, and Jesus knew it. Could it be that Christ was teaching his disciples some very important things through this Judas character? Things that he is even teaching us today?

I can’t help but wonder if Christ all along was teaching us to love those who betray and persecute us, from first hand experience. After all this was spoken of in many of Jesus’ messages to us.

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

This is exactly how Christ treated Judas, he loved him, no conditions attached. He cared for him, prayed for him, and treated him with respect, while all along knowing what he would eventually do. Image knowing in advance one of your closest friends was going to betray you in some major way. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t have been able to keep my mouth shut and chances are I wouldn’t have even ignited the relationship in the first place, I would just avoid them all together. Yet Christ, knowing all things, allowed Judas in his midst and loved him.

Shouldn’t we, like Christ, take on a similar attitude and love those who have or are betraying us?  If there is someone today who has betrayed you in some way, think of what Jesus has done, forgive that person, and love them in spite of their mishap.

Maybe this isn’t the only lesson Jesus wanted to teach us through Judas. Maybe he wanted to also teach us how easy it was going to be for the church to be infiltrated by those who claim they are with us, yet are not. Just like Judas. He was one of the twelve, yet in heart, he was never a real follower of Jesus. But the shocking part is the disciples didn’t even realize Judas’ true heart. In fact, they were astonished when they found out it was him. For no one had suspected it. So too it is with the church today. Many do not recognized deceivers in their midst.

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Matthew 7:15

The Bible tells us here that their are many wolves prancing around acting like sheep. Just as Judas did. I believe Jesus was sending us a message of just how easy it would be for such people to invade the church. If they were in the innermost circle of our Lord, then how much more should we be on the lookout for such people. People who outwardly act like Christians, but inwardly they are not.

In the generation we live in many people in leadership positions have done heinous sins, such as, money laundering, adultery, or homosexuality  It’s a sad truth, but its all around us. Most Christians can name at least one, if not two, people in the church who have left to continue such things. Others in the church who are wolves, do things on a more quite level. Under the radar sort of thing. They speak ‘Christianize’ yet they party and encourage sins of gossip and slander, to name a few. The fact is it happens, but I’m here to tell you not to let such people lead you astray. Jesus, nor the disciples, were led astray by Judas betrayal. So please don’t let a ‘Judas’ change your view of what Christianity really is. Just because someone says they are a ‘Christian’ doesn’t mean they are.

One other thing we can draw from Judas is just how cunning and deceiving the enemy can be. If Satan was able to deceive one of those closest to Jesus, how much more than, can one of us be led astray?

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” 2 Corinthians 11:3-4

Be prepared for the deception that is coming your way. Christ has warned you in advance that Satan and his minions would come, so prepare yourself. Read his Word, pray, worship, have a relationship with Him, and be on guard from the enemy. But here’s the great news. There were twelve disciples and I can assure you that Satan tried to get each of them to turn their backs on Jesus. In the end, eleven prevailed and only one was lead astray. Have faith, for if you are a true believer, then you have nothing to fear, for God is on your side.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

There are many lessons to be learned even from the vilest of people, Judas Iscariot. So today, lets love those who persecute us, be on guard for those who are wolves in sheep’s clothing, and be aware of the deceptive plans on the enemy.

Love you all!

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30 responses to “Lessons Learned From Judas Iscariot

  1. Brilliantly written, my friend! Will share this everywhere! So much truth in your words… Reminded me of how I still hold grudges against my bullies. Sigh… BUT I’m praying hard, though. Blessings, lovely one! 😀

  2. Great post! It’s so hard to believe that someone could walk and eat with Jesus and listen to Him for 3+ years and still betray Him. I think the lesson of Judas also tells us not to take it personally when “friends” reject the good news – it happened to Jesus, it will happen to us also.

  3. Great post. I wonder if there in’t a final message here for us too? Peter betrayed Jesus but had the humility to ask for forgiveness – and got it. Judas betrayed Him, despaired and killed himself. How do we react when we sin?

  4. “Shouldn’t we, like Christ, take on a similar attitude and love those who have or are betraying us? If there is someone today who has betrayed you in some way, think of what Jesus has done, forgive that person, and love them in spite of their mishap.” A really good word. I don’t know if I can say the betrayal I have felt was a mishap but that hardly matters I can forgive it whatever its definition! Thanks for the follow on “Lillie-Put” I hope my words bring you encouragement as your have brought encouragment to me!

    • I love your site! And it does bring encouragement to me also! 🙂 And I agree not all betrayals are mishaps, many are on purpose, but praise God you forgave that person, only someone in Christ could do that. 🙂 What a blessing.

  5. You make some really good points here that I had not thought of before. It is so important to forgive and love people when they betray us. And sooner or later we will all be betrayed, because the churches are full of weak people who will inevitably sin against us. It is good to know that ahead of time and be learning now to become more forgiving and loving. You did a good job here reminding us of this important issue
    One point I do feel uncomfortable with though. Judas did not infiltrate the church. He was chosen. To say that the church is easy to infiltrate is not actually true and I think may encourage a spirit of fear among believers, which is already too common. We learn to look at each other suspiciously, to look out for wolves, then to look out for sinners of one kind or another, and then to judge (we might call it test or evaluate or discern but it tends to be the same thing). I suspect that judgmental attitudes pose a greater threat to a congregation than any sin like adultery or homosexuality, partly because it so easily takes over our attitudes without even being noticed.
    Well, all that to the side, thank you for your helpful article here. May God abundantly bless you, your home, and this website.

    • Thank you. 🙂 And thanks for the great insights also! As for Judas, I have to agree, he didn’t infiltrate the church, but rather Christians themselves. And at churches there are a great deal of Christians. Usually people like Judas, who are wolves, do at times surround themselves with believers, as this is part of Satan’s goal. For he attacks s believers because they are the problem. BUT as you said, Christians shouldn’t be suspiciously looking at other trying to pin down wolves. You are correct, but rather, the Spirit within us will reveal it, just as Jesus knew, because he is the Spirit, and was well aware of Judas actions in advance. If we are continually judging those around us, we need to do as the Bible says, and look at the plank in our own eye. For we are not the ultimate judge of peoples hearts, but we should however put on the armor of God and be aware of the schemes of the enemy. Thank you so much again for your advice, it was great insight to the post! And may God richly bless you and your website also.

    • In Peters heart he did. It doesn’t matter if you verbally ask God for forgiveness or if you ask in your heart. However either way, there must be a true repentant of the sin. Just because you ask for forgiveness verbally doesn’t mean you mean it. Only God knows the heart. But if there is a true repentance of the sin, your actions will show it. The Bible doesn’t list every dot and tiddle that happened in Biblical times. For if it did, it would be too large to read. This can be assumed based on the rest of Scripture. The Bible does tell us to ask forgiveness for our sins, and He is faithful and just to forgive us. Hope that answers your question. 🙂

  6. I absolutely loved this! This spoke to me on so many levels. Not to harden my heart against someone who has betrayed. I mean literally betrayed…. This post was a Godsend! Thank you for speaking truth my friend!

    • LOL! Its all good! I love it when the Lord does that! The funny thing is I almost did it on persecution, but God led otherwise, and you are the second person to say just that! God is awesome!

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