Sure, there were hints. And, when you think about it, it really shouldn’t be all that surprising. But it’s still shocking because Jesus chose him, loved him, taught him and poured out his heart to him. So why did he do it? Who knows? What matters is that Judas betrayed Jesus. It would be so easy to join the chorus chorus condemning him. Just like it’s seems so easy to condemn anyone you believe has turned against God. But you’d better be careful. Because you do exactly what Judas did every single day. And yet, Judas’ devastating betrayal was not the final word. Just like yours is never the final word. That’s because God’s love is infinitely bigger than any betrayal. In fact, God will miraculously love any betrayal – including yours – into something far greater than any human being can ever imagine.
Jesus knew what was coming the day after he entered Jerusalem to the crowds’ shouts of acclamation. He had to prepare himself, his disciples, the people and, ultimately, the world for his coming betrayal, arrest, torture and death. So he went to the Temple, overturned the moneychangers’ tables, and drove them out. Why? To make it clear that nothing – especially things done in the name of God – can get in the way of God and people. Sadly, religious people still do the same thing today whenever pastors use God as an excuse to live luxurious lifestyles, people craft God in their own image and Christians turn faith into an excuse to hate. That’s why you need to look deep within your soul today and experience how Jesus’ love helps you see like never before exactly what you are doing with God. It may be difficult, even excruciatingly painful. But painful as it may be, it won’t be the final word. Just the necessary first word.