Jealousy committed the Crime
The Ultimate Betrayal
Most are familiar with the story of Jesus. If you remember nothing else, its serves you well to know that he died for your sins. In the journey leading up to this moment, Jesus went through a series of test and trials. One in particular was the betrayal of Judas. Judas was one of the twelve disciples that followed during Jesus' ministry hear on Earth. Knowingly, Judas' betrayal would lead to the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. He played a key role. His role created the opportunity to allow Jesus to really be tempted by Satan. It was nothing to tempt him with all the kingdoms of the world because they already belonged to him. The real temptation came after the betrayal while having to still fulfill his destiny. Jesus being the son of God, someone with negative intent was able to get that close to him alarming Satan of an opportunity. Jesus familiarity with his role helped him understand Judas,' as well as, Peters actions. Both Judas and Peters roles were instrumental in Him fulfilling the promise.
Jealousy played a huge part. Wouldn't really put the blame on the Priest and his scribes because we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against principalities, darkness and wickedness in high places.
Understand that Judas was merely a vessel. Satan saw far beyond. He saw that Jesus' position would destroy his kingdom. Ultimately, it would pull power away from him. Reverting back to the beginning, Satan was thrown out of the heavenly kingdom due to him wanting to be like God and higher. He wanted his own level of control. Satan's jealousy of the almighty God, lead him to want a kingdom of his own. Again, seeing into the future, he did not want some earthly God figure taking over what he taught belonged to him. God being in heaven, and Satan believing that he had control on earth. Not knowing that in the lords prayer it states; "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." This is a promise that came through God as he proceeded to walk the earth in flesh to fulfill the promise.
Connecting The Dots
With the example of Judas and his part played, assures us as believers that we will face similar situations. The thing to know that when the opportunity arise, we must recognize that this very test is apart of us receiving the kingdom on earth as it appears in heaven. How can you be trusted with something so precious as the kingdom, if you have not proven yourself worthy here on earth? Think about it!
Jesus going through this situation proved his strength, more importantly his deity. Its easier to believe someones deity if capable of withstanding increased pressure from people around them. Inspite of, Jesus continued to love as promised.
Any earthy vessel like myself would've seen a problem with dyeing for someone after they just betrayed me for pieces of silver. To top it all, kisses him. He kissed him as a way to identify the person they were looking for.
If nothing else, this situation should teach you to love as God so love the world.
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
6 And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Ephesians 6:1212 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
© 2014 Phelesha Hamilton