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Betrayals: Ultimately Fulfilling God’s Word

Luke 22:1-6 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad and covenanted to give him money. And he promised and sought opportunity.

In the quiet hours of a Jerusalem night, Judas Iscariot wrestled with a turmoil that churned deep within his soul. The clink of thirty silver coins echoed in his mind, a reminder of the covenant he had made with the chief priests. The scriptures foretold his actions, “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver” –Matthew 26:14-15.

Judas, once a follower, now found himself a betrayer. The reason for his betrayal is shrouded in mystery—was it greed, disillusionment, or a darker purpose ordained by prophecy? “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve” Luke 22:3.  His heart, once warmed by the teachings of Christ, now turned cold as stone.

As the rooster crowed, signaling a new dawn, Judas’s deed was done. With a kiss, he delivered the Son of Man into the hands of those who sought His life. “Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast” –Matthew 26:48

The weight of his actions crushed Judas when he saw the consequences unfold. Remorse engulfed him, and in despair, he tried to return the blood money, confessing, “I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood” –Matthew 27:4 But it was too late; the deed could not be undone.

Judas’s story is a somber reflection on the consequences of our choices and the price of betrayal. Although it was foretold and had to come about in order to set all things in motion for Christ’s crucifixion in fulfillment of the scriptures. That notwithstanding it prompts us to consider our own actions and all of our own betrayals, big or small, that we may commit in our daily lives.

  • How often do we trade our integrity for the proverbial silver coins of this world?
  • How do we guard our days from temptation and wrongful acts?
  •  How do we handle when we sin in our thoughts, words, and deeds?

The moral of Judas’s tale is indeed a cautionary tale warning us against allowing our hearts to be swayed by temporal gains or fleeting desires. It serves as a stark reminder to remain steadfast in our faith and true to our convictions. It serves as a grim reminder of what can happen if we allow our “flesh” to react and overtake our spirit in our walk of life, serving the LORD our King.

In our Christian walk, Judas’s story urges us to seek forgiveness and redemption when we falter. It teaches us that while betrayal may come, it is never the end if we turn back to God with a repentant heart.

Aligning with the LORD in our daily life can be challenging and fulfilling at once. It is a continuous and conscious action that we face in regard to the tenets of Christianity. It is a battle of will, body, mind and soul. It is an everlasting show-down in our spirit and flesh. It is the love of God and His Word that will rescue us from the enemy that lays in wait for our souls.

Remember that Christ defeated death and Reigns victorious – and it is through Him that we too are victorious!

“Heavenly Father, we come before You, acknowledging our weaknesses and the times we have fallen short. Like Judas, we have betrayed You in our thoughts, words, and deeds. We ask for Your forgiveness and the strength to resist the temptations that lead us astray. Guide us in Your truth and keep us faithful to Your Word. May our lives reflect Your love and grace, and may we always find our way back to You when we lose our path. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.”


C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. what a sad case judas is

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