He that is delivering him up hath given an agreed sign unto them, saying— Whomsoever I shall kiss he it is! Secure him、 and be leading away safely.” (Mark 14:44, EMPH)

Whomsoever I shall kiss he it is! With these shocking words, you instructed the guards who went with you to capture Jesus, exactly how you would identify the wanted man and betray him to the authorities.  It is difficult to fathom this depth of enmity and hatred.  You had walked with Jesus for nigh unto three years.  You witnessed him give sight to the blind, make the lame walk, and even raise a man from the dead.

Thirty pieces of silver?  Thirty pieces of silver is what you got for betraying him who pulled you out of obscurity and made you a disciple?  Who taught you carefully day by day, who saw to your needs, who instructed you in how to live, who never did you any harm, never talked viciously about you behind your back, never told anyone else that you were stealing money from the common purse?

You turned him over to the authorities, marked for the most heinous and painful death imaginable, and all of this for thirty pieces of silver?  This is the worst deal in all of history for the betrayal of a close associate, and this you will realize in short order, Judas.  Your name will forever be linked throughout all of history with betrayal and death, sadness and devastation, loss and eternal damnation.

But here’s the thing.  What you meant for evil, God flipped around for the greatest good that has ever been given to mankind.  What you were paid thirty wretched pieces of silver for, God gave freely to everyone who will come, to everyone who will call upon the name of the Lord.  Your name will forever live in infamy.  At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

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