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
Judas traveled with Jesus for three years. Whenever I read this verse I stopped, confused. Despite their long acquaintance why did the Lord use that affectionate word as Judas came to betray him?
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, my sins would still cling like the goop on those poor little ducks later washed with Dawn, while I wait out my time before I go to hell. The Lord wouldn't suffer to cover my sins. with every man and woman acting without restraint.
Why struggle when you can steal the work of others?
The morning news times three. Going out in armored cars to dodge bullets.
Men and women at war? I mean literal war.
Selfishness and Anger among the sexes spews over in domestic violence, and murder and the ways we read about every day.
No Godly families. Or no families at all. Babies left at the side of the road, or killed because no one wants them.
But God created every soul before time. He couldn't destroy any one of them. And he preordained many of us to spend eternity with Him.
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.
One man had a terrible job. It cost him his life and his soul.
What are your thoughts on the most vile act in history--the day Judas kissed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver?
What if Judas changed his mind?