Jesus was betrayed by a mistaken disciple. Judas mistook the consequences of his action. He evidently didn’t think Jesus would be condemned – Mt 27:3-4 “Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”‘ This has prompted some to think that Judas was motivated by more than money. That perhaps his betrayal would force Jesus to act, show His true power. That in such a way it would demonstrate who Jesus truly was.
We can be guilty of mistaken service by thinking our service is acceptable, when it is not – Mt 7:21-23 ‘”Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'” We can be guilty of mistaken service by thinking we can improve on God’s way, when His ways may not be ours – Isa 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We need to head the Preacher’s advice – Ecc 5:1-2 “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.” Come to hear and do what He says. Do not presume to know what pleases God and offer what we think is best. In our zeal, we may be guilty of acting based on mistaken knowledge (Ro 10:1-3 “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”). Dare we possibly betray Jesus by presuming we know what is according to His will and plan?