THE JUDAS KISS
In the life of Judas Iscariot is seen the epitome of betrayal. There
are those ministers of the church who insist that Judas repented of betraying Jesus Christ and will be with Him in glory.
Said Jesus Himself in answer to this assertion: “The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man
by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.” Matt.26:24. It is written that Judas “went and hanged
himself.” Matt.27:5. And Paul warned every man, “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for
the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself.” I Cor.3:17,18. It should be clear to all
that the repentance of Judas was not the repentance of David. One was selfish while the other only desired the glory of GOD.
This is the true fate of Judas and of all associated with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The point of no return was reached
in their lives and they blasphemed the Voice of the Holy Ghost to where His Voice was no longer heard.
1st Advent of Jesus Christ was met with a system of religion that guaranteed that few would escape the condemnation of sin.
Evidence of this is seen as Jesus, in a tearful but authoritative voice, gave a scathing rebuke condemning the priests of
Judea: "for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that
are entering to go in." Matt.23:13. Bible Prophecy declares that when Jesus returns at His 2nd Advent, the same aggressive
spirit of defiance to GOD'S Law and Word will be ruling the professed Christian church, as it is written, "the image
of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."
Rev.13:15. The issue in the end of time is over the worship of man vs. the Worship of GOD: giving allegiance to man's
word and law under the threat of death vs. giving allegiance to GOD'S Word and Law with the promise of life eternal.
The very last temptation to face the human race
is human survival. And this will be the springboard for the fulfillment of the above prophecy and others forecasting infidelity
to GOD in the end of time. The most powerful religion in the world is Christianity. This will never change. Therefore, it
is today's Christianity that will become the final traitor to humanity stated in Bible prophecy. To understand our future,
one need only look at our history. What does our past reveal? History is littered with religious men in the church disregarding
the very Words of Christ, whose disobedience to GOD'S Law has caused incalculable suffering, wars and ruin throughout
modern history. Volumes have been recorded on the atrocities of false Christianity: the Inquisition, the assassination of
kings and dignitaries, the numerous live burnings of human beings. And this abuse, masquerading under the Christian name,
whose unreformed theology continues to rule the religious world today, will only come to an end when Christ returns, fulfilling
His Word and Promise to crush the regime of fictitious piety hiding behind His Good Name. Therefore, it is Judas kiss the
ruling church gives to the world that brings the final tragedy to this present world. Daniel the prophet beheld the time when
all misleading religions and nations, disobedient to GOD'S Holy Law "became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors;
and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them." Dan.2:35.
The words of Jesus are flawless in their clarity: "If thou wilt enter into life keep the commandments." Matt.19:17.
For men to deny these words defies all logic, reason, and true love for GOD, and man, for the Ten Commandments are the only
means whereby we are safe in one another's care. It is as a man who walks onto your land clearly marked with No Trespassing
signs; and you greet him as he enters and ask, What part of 'no trespassing' don't you understand? It is the belligerent
nature of men that continues to promote defiance to the clearly marked boundaries of GOD'S Holy Law. This leads to a hard
but factual saying: If Jesus lived today under the doctrines of Catholicism, Protestantism, Mormonism, or the Jehovah's
Witness, He would have failed to be the Savior of the human race, and the extinction of man would have prevailed in the end
of time. Religious men today have circumvented the Holy Law of GOD [just as in the days of Christ (Matt.15:8)], and this will
account for the loss of so many that Jesus laid down His life to redeem, carrying every sin of every man to the grave—for
those who would allow Him to—to be their substitute for sin—to be their resurrection for life. And all who follow
the sinful course will never see the beauty of GOD'S ordained future for the human race: the pinnacle opportunity to see
fulfilled the closing words of childhood fables, And they lived happily ever after. So Jesus appeals to all who believe in
Him and desire to please Him, "If ye love me keep my commandments." Jn.14:15. With our permission, Christ will live
out the wonders of His Law in us: give us of His faith when our faith is low; His wisdom when we are perplexed; His grace
when we are tempted.
In the following
passages we will now learn the lessons of faith, ignorance and betrayal that sprang from a closing scene of Christ's ministry
that led to His betrayal, just preceding His Last Supper, arrest and crucifixion. It was at Simon's feast held in honor
of Jesus Who not only healed Simon from his leprosy but had just raised Lazarus from the dead. To understand the complete
story we will unite the testimonies of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to obtain a full understanding of Christ's commendation
of Mary Magdalene amidst the bigotry of Judas against her.
of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat."
"Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box
of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat." "And stood at his feet behind him weeping,
and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them
with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were
a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering
said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had
two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them
both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave
most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman?
I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with
the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My
head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins,
which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto
her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth
sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace." "Then saith one of his disciples,
Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given
to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was
put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this." "And Judas Iscariot,
one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised
to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him." Lu.7:38-50; Matt.26:6,7; Jn.12:1-7; Mk.14:10,11.
It is a sobering example showing just how frail
our human nature is that after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and a joyful feast was provided to the Savior in honor
of His masterpiece of miracles, that this pitiful situation should suddenly appear and overrule the whole tenor of the gathering.
The old historians tell the story of how Simon the Pharisee was the one who originally led Mary into the sin of adultery when
she was a child. It was this sin among others that led to Simon's leprosy. But the glory of Christ would overrule by healing
Simon of the bitter disease caused by his sin, giving him opportunity to reform his character into the similitude of Christ
and receive the peace and joy associated with that direction for one's life: the life of wise benevolence. And so, when
Simon murmured in his heart against Jesus for allowing this ungodly woman to lavish such affectionate devotion, the LORD did
not humiliate Simon for his role of introducing Mary into the sin of adultery, dishonoring her womanhood, whose sense of shame
and disgrace over time led her into prostitution. Jesus shielded Simon from all humiliation by telling him a simple story
of forgiveness, in which any reasonable man would say amen.
Now in the case Judas Iscariot, he publicly humiliated Mary before the whole company at his father Simon's feast.
Yes, Judas was the son of Simon the Pharisee (Jn.12:4; 6:71; 13:26). He shamed the actions of Mary as being sinful and wasteful
to proper stewardship for the service of GOD. Even the disciples said amen to Judas in his public humiliation of Mary: "And
they murmured against her." Here was a most profound moment of the Savior's work among sinful men. And the result
led to Christ's betrayal, torture and crucifixion, for Judas had used his high position among the Apostles as a license
for evil. Once again, the Savior was called to deliver Mary from the threat of men. And on this, Christ stood faithful to
the valiant vindication of Mary, even though He knew that to defend Mary, the outcome would usher Him to the Crucifix. But
this is as the Father ordained it to be, and Jesus would never go against the path marked out by the Father to the blessing
of Mary whose honor includes the whole of mankind. Facing Judas "Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath
wrought a good work on me...She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying...And Judas
Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them." John 14:6-10.
Public sin demands public repentance. But repentance would
never come from Judas. The callous nature of Judas forbid any humility before the One he called Master. Even when Judas was
convicted of his evil deed of betraying Jesus to the crucifix, his repentance was selfish: out of fear for himself, not for
any remorse of personal iniquity. The feast at the house of Simon the leper should have been one of rejoicing and repose for
all who stood in the presence of the LORD Jesus Christ. But instead, those who should have appreciated the most what Christ
had just accomplished, to the Glory of GOD, abandoned their high calling, and instead used the occasion to murmur and condemn.
And in the case of Judas, what should have drawn from him a spirit of humility that he should be associated with the One on
whom all eyes were fastened, he used the occasion as an opportunity for selfish gain, even at the expense of the One who repeatedly
proved to all that His work was never for the benefit of Himself but only for those within His reach.
With our ability to review this history, a murmuring tone
can rise up in us, due to the question, Why didn't Jesus just refuse to be associated with Judas, knowing of the betrayal
that would result from their association? This leads to an even greater question of Why did GOD create the angel Lucifer knowing
he would pollute his mind with lusts for power, authority and even worship? whose chosen course to live his life in sin would
seduce the human family to join his death-match against GOD and His Law, causing the life of earth to enter an age of darkness
and despair? There is one gift, next to life, that is supreme in the eyes of GOD: Liberty of Mind to choose! Back in the beginning
of the Savior's ministry, Judas Iscariot asked to join the disciples of Christ (Matt.8:19; Lu.9:57). Jesus did not deny
him, knowing fully what was to come. It is also interesting that Judas was assigned by Jesus to be the treasurer of the ministry,
for Jesus well knew that the greatest sin in the life of Judas was that of stealing and the love of gain, as the Apostle Paul
gave summation, "The love of money is the root of all evil." I Tim.6:10. It was Christ's goal that Judas gain
the victory over this sin. With Christ's personal presence in his life, even to the washing of his feet on the night of
the Last Supper Judas could have proven to be a great and steadfast Apostle among the twelve. But the situation came when
Judas was humiliated before his peers. And this humiliation would be met with a spirit of murderous retaliation. And in the
end, Satan took full control over the life of Judas, and Jesus had no legal right to cast out the devil simply due to Judas'
free will to choose his own path in life. Liberty of conscience must always be left alone. Said Jesus of the life of Judas,
"The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been
good for that man if he had not been born." Matt.26:24.
There is a moral to this story that is spurned by men in the pulpit: Male chauvinism played the leading role in the
betrayal of Jesus Christ! Had Jesus rebuked Judas over a man, a certain degree of toleration would have influenced his response.
But Jesus publicly humiliated him over a ‘mere woman.’ And not just any woman, but a whore in his eyes. Women
were little more than chattel in those days. While Simon the Pharisee and the disciples viewed themselves as being superior
in every way to Mary, even believing she was still living a life of sin, Mary was no longer living the sinful life, thanks
to the deliverance of Christ, even to His casting out of her "seven devils" (Mk.16:9). By beholding Christ, Mary's
view of love transformed from a vulgar use to one of innocence, dedicated to GOD'S purpose for the fullness of joy found
in marital romance and family affection. In this reformation of Mary's life her strength became unconquerable. These men
took it upon themselves to condemn Mary when GOD had forgiven her. By so doing they committed a great sin against the Ninth
Commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." Ex.20:16. But the promise of GOD for Mary
would not be overruled, regardless of the oppressive opinions of sinful men: “For as the heaven is high above the earth,
so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions
from us.” Ps.103:11,12. This sin needed to be repented of before the GOD of heaven, and the LORD worked out their repentance
as He works to lead all to repentance, through the very methods demonstrated in the life of Christ.
In summation, at Simon's feast, Jesus was forced to choose
between one led of GOD and one led of Satan. Nearly all chose the sinful impulse of self-righteous indignation against Mary,
even to the inhumane treatment of her, tempted by the devil himself. But Mary, once again, saw with her own eyes and heard
with her own ears the power of Christ's love for her, and how none were able to overrule His Word. Jesus shut the mouths
condemning the innocent. In the Great Judgment, this will be the theme as the whole human race stands before the Throne of
Despite Mary's degraded
position in life, she alone believed the Savior's words forecasting His coming death at the hands of sinful men; and,
led of GOD'S Holy Spirit, spent an equivalent of a year's wages on that alabaster box filled with fragrant oil fit
for a king. And no scornful ridicule or threatening intimidation from others would prevent her from carrying out her appointed
work, led of GOD, to the blessing of her LORD. Even as the LORD Jesus was perishing for the sins of the world He could still
smell the fragrance that Mary provided to comfort Him: to remind Him of those who would forever believe on His Word and Sacrifice.
After the resurrection of Jesus,
Mary is the first to receive the blessing of the presence and words of the Glorified Christ. She was the last to leave Him
at His burial, and the first to greet Him at His resurrection. Should Christ have been allowed in His mission to marry and
raise a family in this sinful world, the bond between Jesus and Mary Magdalene was greater than any other relationship of
Christ's recorded for us in the Sacred Scriptures. But the demands of salvation forbid Christ to enter the marriage bond
with anyone, due to His Heavenly Marriage as The Groom to His Bride of Humanity. But also, even from a practical and courteous
level of human relationships, Christ would never have forced on Mary or any other the inevitable separation that would be
demanded when Christ ascended to heaven to be man's High Priest for the intercession of sin; for this is what salvation
is all about, to remove the loneliness and sorrow caused by the separation of family and friends. The Power of GOD'S Word
will restore their presence and companionship—to remain forever—at peace—to cheer and celebrate that no
harm will come to any living thing ever again. Even as they explore the wonders of heaven, the infinite diversity of Creation
will captivate their affections and admiration forever. And united with them in the Earth made new, to dwell at their side,
to see their joy with His own eyes, will be the GOD Who Lives to Serve—the GOD we call Christ.