“How quick we are to judge the man who had the hardest job.
The man who’s call it was to turn Christ to the angry mob.”
Matthew 26:25 – “Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, ‘Surly you don’t mean me, Rabbi?’ Jesus answered, ‘You have said so.'”
And, did not Jesus, himself, ask, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” ~ Matthew …26:39
It seems to be a repeated cycle. What we perceive as bad God uses to make good. It’s all in our perception of things.
In Matt. 26:50, “Jesus replied, ‘Friend, do what you came for.'”
Both Jesus & Judah knew it was the will of God.
Jesus referred to Judah as “friend”, even in light of what he was there to do.
In Matt. 26:24 Jesus said, “But woe to that man who betrays the son of man!
It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
Notice, He did not say ‘better for US’, but ‘better for him’, because Jesus understood how our minds battle with the Spirit. What Judah was called to do made no sense to him what-so-ever. It tormented his soul because he could not wrap his mind around the big picture…but, still, he had been obedient – unlike Peter who rebuked the though of Jesus dying.
Matt. 16:21-23 – “From that time on, Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!’ he said. This shall never happen to you!’ 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.'”
Yet, whose act helped bring about the greatest Promise fulfilled?