You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:14-15
While walking among us, Jesus became a practical friend. He hugged children: healed the sick: ate at the homes of Simon the Leper, Lazarus, and Zacchaeus (whispering behind my hand: "the tax collector"). He suffered disrespect from Philistines and the ruling class by eating with these men, and others the elite of the land considered beneath them. Listen carefully and you'll hear their snide comments.
On the other hand, the pharisees often earned his wrath. "You brood of vipers." It didn't help that he often read their minds. Jesus never shirked the responsibility to tell the truth. General popularity wasn't his aim. But he loved us and wanted to spend the short time with us in personal interaction.
Judas ate with Jesus.
And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him. Matthew 26:50
Whenever I read this verse I stop, confused. How could Judas be a friend? Seems like turning in the Master you followed for three years, ate with, maybe even laughed with, is a mite unfriendly.Then the rest of the verse gets my attention: "do what you have come for."
Judas came to betray Jesus. Did Jesus call him friend because he fulfilled his eternal destiny?
And Judas came as friend to me. If he had not done what he came for, the Lord wouldn't suffer to cover my sins. Probably God would trash the earth and start over on another planet, ending life for us all. That's the most positive outcome. Otherwise, mankind would lives life without salvation--unbearable. People following their impulses with no restraint. But God had other plans.
God decreed the cross long before time. The devil entered Judas and Judas accepted thirty pieces of silver. Both the devil and Judas worked for God that day.
I'm grateful Judas did what he came for.
What are your thoughts on the most vile act in history--the day Judas kissed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver? Do you think he was a friend to Jesus?
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