Barefoot Devotions

Judas: The Unexpected Side

The last few days I have been pondering the life of Judas and how sin grew in his life to the point of turning Jesus over to be crucified. The weight of his actions were enough to drive him mad with shame and guilt to commit suicide.

But I don’t want to talk about that. That’s not what has blown my mind. This is what has blown my mind:

Jesus loved him. Jesus still taught him. Jesus still treated him like a disciple. Jesus washed his feet at The Last Supper. Even though He knew Judas would betray Him.

Perhaps Judas’ life is not just a testament of what not to do in life but a grand picture of God’s unexplainable and never ending love and grace for us – no matter what we have done.

We have all fallen short and have sinned against God but I know at some point we might be thinking, “at least I’m not Judas.”

Your consequences may not have led to the death of our Risen Savior but the reality is this: We are all Judas and we all have the potential to do great harm to those around us if we have unconfessed sins and a rotten heart.

I believe that our Sovereign God allowed this to happen to show that no matter what we do in our life, there is always another way. His grace and love awaits us through it all. He never leaves us and even though He knows we will betray Him at some point in our life, His love is still unexplainable and never ending.

After all, He was still willing to wash the feet of the one who betrayed Him.

We can learn a lot from the life of Judas especially what not to do but we can also learn how deep the love of God is for us regardless of what we have done.

Not only does this lesson lead into the greatest historical moment known to humanity, but this betrayal led to Jesus dying in the cross for us so that we might have everlasting life with Him.

Personal Reflection:

1. In your own ways, how are you like Judas?

2. Is there something that prevents you from feeling worthy enough to surrender your life wholeheartedly to Jesus?

3. After doing a heart check, will you confess any sin to God and turn from it? This will prevent a rotten heart and allow for change in you life.

With all of my love and encouragement,

Hannah B.

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