willieH: Hi Molly...
So if my husband cheats on me and deceives me, it's my fault for picking him as the person to marry? He's the victim [of his flawed personality], not me? Betrayal is a real concept which exists in the English language and it happens all day long. It's all about character, and Judas had none.
And Jesus could only have done that when he was betrayed by a priest. A priest He personally recruited.
For me personally that makes the whole last part of Jesus life even 'better'For me, knowing that Jesus was betrayed by one so close to him has offered me great comfort. To know that even this horrible experience could happen to the Lord of glory, and that he could rise above it, lets me see that even this can be overcome. There are few things more painful than being betrayed by a friend. Not only that, but those who had welcomed him into the city a week before with praise, singing, and palms would soon be calling for his death.
Humans are a fickle and untrustworthy lot. But, Jesus never took his eyes off God and what he had promised to do for us. He is trust worthy.
IF Jesus was betrayed He arranged it Himself. So there is absolutely nothing for Him to rise above.
Where is the GRACE within this statement, Molly? Who might any of US think
we are, to be worthy to CAST such "STONES" at Judas?
Does not matter what you or I "think
"... without the sorrowful act of JUDAS... neither of us "thinkers
" would have SALVATION. CHRIST
Himself, particularly CHOSE
Judas... are you saying that CHRIST
chose poorly? Or that He was short on the ability to CHOOSE men who were WORTHY of the office of DISCIPLES? CHRIST
indeed KNEW what He was doing when HE picked JUDAS... (unlike the real possibility that YOU or I, might mischoose a SPOUSAL candidate) He knew beforehand that the BETRAYAL would occur, and WHO would be the one to do it, but CHOSE him anyway!
. To give aid or information to an enemy of; commit treason against: betray one's country.
b. To deliver into the hands of an enemy in violation of a trust or allegiance: betrayed Christ to the Romans.
2. To be false or disloyal to: betrayed their cause; betray one's better nature.
3. To divulge in a breach of confidence: betray a secret.
4. To make known unintentionally: Her hollow laugh betrayed her contempt for the idea.
5. To reveal against one's desire or will.
6. To lead astray; deceive. See Synonyms at deceive.
The word concerning Judas, and translated "BETRAYAL" [#G3860 PARADIDOMI] more means to "give over" or to "yield up"...
IMO --- Your husband cheating on you
... is quite a different "brand" of betrayal
. That which includes an act of SIN, within its manifestation... I am not entirely certain that what JUDAS did was actually, SIN...
Also, ... I do not think that the character of JUDAS was so berift as you describe above. Otherwise he would have had "ZERO REMORSE"... however, this was not the case, now was it?
Death of innocence
was necessary to deliver the GUILTY
... and it was the GUILTY
that delivered Him up, to be put to death, ...it -- is/was/will be -- the GUILTY
that receive the benefit of that death, and NONE
of the GUILTY
has the right to judge the GUILT
of another of ..."the GUILTY
-- John 8:7JESUS
was an elusive person, and had escaped many attempts made by the JEWS to apprehend Him successfully, so they NEEDED the assistance that one such as Judas could provide.
In the end, all that JUDAS "did" was --- provide the location of CHRIST
, and indentify Him... I am not totally convinced that it was a SIN
to do these things. I am also not convinced that he had the knowledge that JESUS
would actually be put to death, due to his "betrayal"...
When all is said & done, ...what JUDAS did was FULFILL
what was WRITTEN in the WORD
of Him -- Psalm 41:9
-- He really had no "choice" to avoid this predetermined destiny, which was NOTED by the SCRIPTURES which COULD NOT
BE BROKEN -- John 10:34
-- so how could Judas have "done" otherwise?JESUS
spoke of Judas and the entirety of the... "GUILTY
" ...when He said: "Father forgive them, for they KNOW NOT what THEY DO"JESUS forgave
Judas... when will men FINALLY follow JESUS
, ...by doing the same?