The Hypocrite in Me: Judas, Jesus' Betrayer -
 
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When I think of Judas Iscariot, I get angry. He is the one that betrayed Jesus Christ and handed the Son of God over to be horrifically beaten and crucified.

And what was his sign when he was betraying Jesus? A kiss.

A kiss! He betrayed Jesus Christ with a kiss.

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.    Matthew 26:47-50

The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me...  Isaiah 29:13

That verse literally describes what Judas did. He came near to Jesus Christ with his mouth (*kiss*) but his heart was FAR from Him (going the opposite way)!

When I think of Judas I have anger. But lately I’ve realized we do the exact same thing he did.

I love you Jesus (*kiss*), BUT I’m going to get drunk tonight anyway.
I love you Jesus (*kiss*), BUT I don’t trust you in this area of my life.
I love you Jesus (*kiss*), BUT ___________________________.
I love you Jesus (*kiss*), BUT my actions are betraying you.

The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me...    Isaiah 29:13 NIV

Too often I find myself in a place where I honor Jesus with my lips, but dishonor Him with my life. You may find yourself in this place, too.

If you read the rest of Isaiah 29 (before Jesus was on earth), you’ll see that God says that He is once again going to astound, amaze, His people. He’s going to rescue them from their wayward ways once again. Why?

Because He loves us. You.

He simply wants you to love Him back and will go to great lengths to show you how much He loves you.

Now is a great time to step away from the computer, find a quiet place (inside, outside, wherever you can), and in repentance talk with God. Ask Him to help you not be lukewarm for Him, but on FIRE for Him. Ask for forgiveness and a new mindset that actively seeks pleasing and praising Him, not ourselves. Re-envision what Christ did for you - beatings and crucifixion, receiving the wrath for our sins - and declare and recommit your heart and life to Jesus Christ! :)

Oh how he loves us :) Love!

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