With sadness in my heart I am watching the events that have been taking place in Moldova after the April 5 elections, which were surely cheated by the authorities. This week, it is a fierce battle between truth and falsehood, and I am deeply grieved to see how many are the cowards who say lies with no shame and those who are naive and credulous are manipulated and they believe the lies rather than the truth. In this week of Passion, it seems that more of our people have chosen to go the way of Judas than that of Jesus. What are you doing, brothers? Stop and fear God. In this article I want to let you know some things about Judas Iscariot, the one who sold the Savior, and maybe so, you will come to your senses and will not continue with the lies you spread in newspapers, radio, television, etc. When I listen to some radio, my heart aches and I wonder: how and when so many cowards managed to raise up in our nation. So, I invite you to read this article to see at least what happened to one who acted cowardly.
Run away from Judas’ cowardice
From the beginning, when he appears for the first time in the New Testament, it is written about Judas Iscariot that he “sold Jesus”. This is name he remained with in history.
Even if he had been chosen by the Lord Jesus with great honor to be one of the 12 apostles, he continued to live cowardly. Here’s a case when he manifested his cowardice:
Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, ”Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. (John 12:1-6)(NASB)
But the biggest crime committed by Judas was when he went and sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. (Matthew 26:14-15)(NASB)
Beware of the Judas’ motivation
What made him, after he received the mighty call to be one of the 12 apostles, to act as the last coward? The love of money about which the Bible says this:
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10)(NASB)
Maybe you are involved in what happened last week? Maybe the love of money made you be one of the instigators who manipulated the crowd and ravaged the state buildings? Maybe the love of money makes you give interviews to the radio and television now and with impudence you continue to tell lies after lies? Maybe the love of money made you be an accomplice in the serious frauds that were committed at the April 5 elections? So many frauds can only be achieved with a proportional number of cowards and scoundrels… Maybe you were or you are one of them?
Fear of Judas Iscariot’s sins consequences
Judas, in his wickedness and recreancy committed a very bad evil and, coming back from the agony of his foolishness and recreancy, he started to realize the seriousness of the committed acts.
Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. (Matthew 27:3-5)(NASB)
It seems that Judas did not expect that his infamous betrayal would lead to Jesus’ condemnation to death.When he saw what he had done, he felt remorse, but could not change anything. It seems that the same is now, when some rushed in political games, without realizing how big the price would be. Don’t they realize they are guilty for the death of those two young people who died and that they bear the guilt for the crimes to which they agreed to contribute? The guilt of the blood spilled in these days is on their head. And if it is true that the arrested girls were raped, all of these followers of Judas Iscariot will bear blame for the committed things, because in the eyes of God rape is as serious as murder is.
Do not miss the opportunities offered to Judas
Being with the Lord Jesus Christ for three years, every day Judas had the opportunity to repent definitively and to deny the love of money and the cowardice that enslaved his soul.But he did not do it, he even continued to take money out of the common bag which he was holding, adding to his sins every day.
In the evening before His arrest, the Lord Jesus told him openly his intentions, thus giving him an opportunity to repent, but Judas missed this chance:
Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. As they were eating, He said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.” Being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?” And He answered, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. ”The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.” And Judas, who was betraying Him, said, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself.” (Matthew 26:20-25)(NASB)
How painful it is to see now, when many frauds and crimes have been shown, how the guilty are not seeing them and continue to deceive a whole country in a defiant way.How they do not fear God and do not repent of their wickedness? Do not they see that their punishment doesn’t doze?
After the Lord Jesus was sentenced to death, the Bible says that Judas felt remorse, but did not repent.It’s a big difference between them. He was sorry for the wickedness he made and chose to hang himself.Even then, if he came to the Lord Jesus with the whole the heart, with a sincere repentance, he could receive forgiveness and be saved. But after the made recreancies, he no longer had faith that there can be forgiveness and healing for him.
If you are like one of those who behaved or you are still acting like Judas, do not miss your chance. Come now to the Lord Jesus and repent with all your heart, because He says in the Holy Scriptures:
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10)(NASB)
Repent, because the kingdom of heaven was near.
Translated by Felicia Djugostran