Reading today in Mark 14:10-11 of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.
I was struck by the usual questions mainly focussing on the idea of, “Why?”. Why when he had been with Jesus for so long, why when he had seen so many miracles, why when he had (probably) performed so many amazing works in the name of Jesus, why when Jesus had taught him of what was to come did he willingly give himself to such tragic actions?
And then I remembered the men of the Bible who somehow missed the blindingly obvious grace of God in their moment. The people of God in my generation who have denied Christ in so many ways. Pastors who have committed adultery in their heart, mind and body. Elders who have abandoned faith for the pragmatic. Church members who have lost their first love and stagnate in a love grown cold.
I remember me, my sin, my unfaithfulness, my disobedience and rebellion. It is all of grace, all of the love-in-action of the living God. I remember if it wasn’t for Him I would have failed long ago. Thank you Lord!
1 Cor 10:12-13
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.