Luke 22:47-48 ESV While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, (48) but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”
It is the nature of sin to deceive and destroy. Satan is the father of lies and he was a murderer from the beginning. He deceives in order to destroy. These elements are really present in the heart of any sin, but we see them very clearly illustrated in the nature, mentality, and tactics of the abuser. This is why I maintain that any pastor or any Christian who desires to know the nature of evil, how we can expect it to operate, and how it thinks, can do nothing better than to study domestic violence and abuse in depth.
This will resonate with abuse victims. The kiss of Judas. They have received it. Their abuser, claiming to love them and have their welfare at heart, professing to be a servant of Christ, kisses with his lips while holding a concealed dagger in his hand. Christians, of all people, should be aware of this, because Scripture plainly tells us these things. But Judas was good at his craft and so are his offspring. Jesus was never deceived by him of course, but the rest of the disciples were, and they were in rather intimate contact with him for 2-3 years.
John 12:3-6 ESV Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (4) But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, (5) “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” (6) He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.
I don’t know if anyone knows if Judas was married or not, but imagine being his wife! Ah, an eminent apostle of Christ! What a lucky woman!
In the end, Judas went out and hanged himself. And so it will be for all wicked, deceitful, abusive human beings who persist in their evil and refuse to repent. That great Day is coming when everything is going to be brought to light and when much that is being done in Jesus’ name today will be found out to be wood, hay, and stubble. The chaff will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous (Psalm 1). Judas can kiss all he wants. It will do him no good.
[Originally published in December, 2018]