Jesus knew that Judas was a greedy man yet he was made the treasurer and the one in charge of holding the money. Why? He walked with Jesus, ate with Him, saw Him heal people, saw Him raise the dead, heard Him talk about dying and rising from the dead, yet the final lesson He missed. See, Jesus cannot preach one thing and do another. He cannot tell us to love our enemies and then turn around and hate His. That was why Judas was made the treasurer, a position of power and trust. During the last supper, Judas sat right next to Jesus, a position granted to one that you love. Even Peter wasn’t sitting that close to Jesus. How do I know? Because when Jesus said that one of them would betray Him, Peter leaned over to John and told John to ask Jesus who it was that would betray Him (John 13:22-27). Judas had every opportunity to cure his greed but failed to use it. Finally, during the last supper he missed his finally opportunity as he allowed satan to enter into him and use him to betray Jesus. I sometimes wonder if when Jesus told Judas “what you have to do do it quick” if He actually meant that judas should hurry up and repent before the devil that has gotten into him truly destroys him. But what did Judas do? He left. John 13:30 one of the other shortest sentences in the bible, that means more than we think reads “And it was night”.
Sometimes God will put us in a situation to give us the opportunity to overcome our weaknesses. To the greedy He will give riches or exposure to money like He allowed judas to carry the purse. To the one that covets and the one that is jealous, He puts you in the midst of those that have what you long for. To those who are prone to sexual immorality, He may allow you to be in an environment where you are surrounded by sexually arousing things. All these He allows so that we can conquer the vices and sins that plaque us so that we can worship Him in truth and in spirit and also that we can get a huge reward since there is no reward without Sacrifice. But me, I try to take the shortcut and that is why I love the part in The Lord’s Prayer that says “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from all evil”, because I may be too weak to withstand my tests for the day. But if it does come “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Today, no matter who you are, a priest, a pastor, an evangelist, a born again Christian, let us imagine Jesus telling us “what you have to do, do it quickly”, always repenting immediately of our sins, just like Peter repented immediately after realizing that he had betrayed Jesus. Tomorrow may be too late. See, if Judas had repented and refused to betray Jesus, the devil would have still found someone else to use to betray Jesus. That is why Peter said in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”. Again in James 4:7 scripture says “resist the devil and he will flee from you” for If he catches you wasting time to resist or repent he would devour you like he devoured Judas.
Therefore Today, if you hear God’s voice harden not your hearts.