Woe unto that Man. . . .

Matthew 26:24-25. “The Son of man goeth as it is written of Him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed Him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.”

John 13:27 makes it clear that Satan had entered into Judas, and was controlling his mind and his heart.  Judas had already opened himself to Satan’s control with his greed; he had allowed his greed to send him to bargain with the priests to identify Jesus for them for the price of a slave. Judas was never a true disciple, but a man who was looking out for his own interests. When it seemed that Jesus may be the One they all hoped would destroy Rome and establish His kingdom on earth, Judas was willing to follow Him.

It was clear, now, however, that Jesus was going to fulfill His own words; He was going to die, and there would be no kingdom. No riches, no glory, no prominent place, no power.

No loyalty, no commitment, no understanding of the One he was about to sell out.

Truly, it would have been better for him if he had never been born.

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3 thoughts on “Woe unto that Man. . . .

  1. It’s so hard to see someone so bent on self destruction without wanting to intervene. Judas saw everything that Jesus did and he still didn’t trust Jesus enough to know that everything was in God’s hands and Jesus death had a greater purpose than anyone could possibly have imagined before it happened. I want to hope that I can trust Jesus in the midst of desperate times. I know how the story ends. I know that in the middle of the battle, it sometimes looks as if the enemy is winning. In the end though, God will bring about justice. (Matt 24:24 “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.”)

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    1. I love a song The Cathedrals used to sing: “I’ve Read the Back of the Book–and We Win!” I really believe that Jesus was giving Judas one last chance to repent. Judas, however, was too far controlled by Satan to be able to hear Jesus. Tragic, indeed.

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      1. Yes, and I am so grateful and humbled by Jesus’ gesture of forgiveness towards Judas. I would have fallen to my knees in tears if I had attempted such a thing. I love Jesus and have been brought to tears too many times for things that I have done wrong. One day, I will look into His eyes and know His forgiveness. For now, I have the Holy Spirit to guide me and help me to understand His forgiveness.

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