When you think of the name Judas what comes to mind? Do you think that was the disciple that betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ? I got to thinking about that name and I have never met or known any one named Judas. Come to think of it I have never know anyone who has named their pet Judas; now I had a horse one time that was so mean that I named it Satan, but I never thought about the name Judas. Now I want to write about him for a reason and although we may have never betrayed the Lord Jesus as he did, you and I have sinned. Have you ever gotten so caught up in a wrong doing; oh, excuse me, have you ever justified something that you had planned on doing to the point that you did it? As Steve Curington has always said, “Before you did it you thunk it.” So Judas; before he betrayed the Lord Jesus, thought about it, planned it and then he did it.
Mark 3:19 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.
Mark 14:10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.
Mark 14:43 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
Wrong is always a slippery slope downward. It all seems so right, you get yourself all into it. You then keep telling yourself, why only one beer will be ok, one joint won’t hurt, just a few pills will help me to relax, wonder how he or she would treat me, one quick look on the internet will be ok. I’m an adult and I have seen it all before. Then before you know it one beer has turned into 50, one joint has lead you to buy a gram, those few pills now have you down at the ER telling lies to get more pills. Those thoughts about that person you were wondering about have gotten you into divorce court and that quick adult view on the internet now has you using your credit card. My, my, how those little innocent thoughts have gotten you into some more kind of problems and trouble. Just like Judas it all started in your head and finally got into your heart and then it was no stopping you. After it’s all over and we have done our wrong or our sin we then feel the guilt of our actions just as Judas did.
Matthew 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Matthew 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
Matthew 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. Judas was angry with himself so angry that he allowed his guilt to bring him to a wrong response to his actions. When you are coming down off the high the guilt is horrible. We must be careful what we allow to enter into our heart. Guard it for you are the keeper, you’re the guard, you are the only one that will let it through. Think before you let it in I assure you you’ll be a happier person. Have a blessed week and watch out for wrong thinking.