Today’s reading is Matthew 26.
Recently, I had the blessing of hearing an author’s take on why Judas betrayed Jesus. I got a great deal out of the presentation. However, his take was not quite the same as mine. In addition to that, I’ve heard from other people even different perspectives than these two. And so, reading of Judas’s betrayal again today has me asking, “Why?” What really prompted this betrayal? And why doesn’t God go ahead and specify? Then it hits me. I believe there is great benefit in thinking through the possible motivations. I’ve learned a great deal about Judas and also about me from the different perspectives. However, at the end of the day, what God demonstrates is the why is not nearly as important as the fact that he did. Whether Judas was trying to force Jesus’s hand to go ahead and establish the kingdom, whether he was disillusioned with Jesus’s kind of kingdom, whether he thought Jesus would not be condemned and so this was a great opportunity to get some money and no one would get hurt (my personal leaning), or some other motivation, Judas betrayed Jesus. That is the point that matters. We have all kinds of reasons for our sins. Some reasons seem rational, but none of them really are. Some reasons make sense to me on the surface, but really none of the reasons do. The point here is no matter the motivation, sin is never the right choice. Judas sinned and whether we can make psychological sense out of his motivation or not is in many ways beside the point. The same is true for our sins. Why did you sin? Why did I? Really, it doesn’t matter. We now need a Savior to forgive us and free us from them. I don’t know why you sinned, but I do know why you need Jesus. Let’s turn to Him today.
Tomorrow’s reading is Matthew 27.