Beth Moore gives insight to the ways of Satan as she describes that “Judas had a weakness for money, so that’s what Satan used.” Satan used the lust Judas had for treasures on earth to tempt him in the betrayal of Jesus, the Son of God. The root of Judas’ problem was his mind; he was more concerned with the things of man, not the things of God. He was a man who went through the motions, following Jesus with the others, claiming to be a disciple when all along, his heart was far, far away from Jesus, His Savior.
Like Judas, our lusts can become our demise. They ultimately trick us; they tempt us to think that they are the answer to our needs; sadly, they are the destruction to our deepest desires. What’s your lust? What’s your weakness? Is it money, adultery, food, inappropriate entertainment or may something else. These all scream lies of satisfaction to a loss in our life. Replacing our passion for Christ and his character with these lusts leads to our termination – a joyless life; a lonely heart; and a painful path – the gate to ruin.
It’s too bad that we don’t realize this before we fall into the temptations of our fleshly itches. I’m sure many of us in this fallen situation have had the afterthought, “If only I had looked ahead to the real destination, not the fabricated one that appealed to my immediate satisfaction, which is here today and burned in the fire tomorrow. Where would I be if I would have thought differently? And now, how can I regain control of my destiny?”
Judas didn’t think ahead. He thought of his “now.” The temptation Satan dangled in front of him did not pay off as promised. No, it ended his life. Suddenly, the prize of sin was not all that profitable. The sum of his treasures equaled horror, agony, and madness of mind. Matthew 27:1-5 recounts the ruin of Judas…
“Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. ‘I have sinned,’ he said, ‘for I have betrayed innocent blood.’
‘What is that to us?’ they replied. ‘That’s your responsibility.’ (Isn’t that like Satan – your friend one day and then your devil the next.)
So, Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.”
What Judas didn’t give thought to was that destruction needed not be his end. I believe that if Judas had gone to Jesus and sought forgiveness, He would have forgiven him. He would have received Judas in his arms and said, “’Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found’” (Luke 15:22-24). But Judas kept listening to his devil “friend.” He believed the lie that there would never be any more hope for him. His intense remorse removed the truth from his heart.
My friend, if you find yourself in a place of sin, and a place of near destruction, a place of deep remorse, don’t give into the ruin, press into the love of God. You will find healing. You will find forgiveness. You will find joy. You will recover your life. Your life will be forever better than you have ever known. Why do I believe in the wills? Because Jesus is the I AM; and the I AM always gives birth to the wills!
Jesus is calling…will you come