The Betrayal Of Jesus Matthew 26:47-50 IV

Jesus was betrayed by a show of affection. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. He could have pointed… perhaps he sought to soften the blow of betrayal – Mt 26:48-49 “Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus noted the obvious contradiction – Lk 22:47-48 “While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”‘

Displays of affection don’t ensure faithfulness. Many people are very emotional in their religion as displayed in their worship. Believing it to be evidence of being “Spirit- filled”. Yet emotions alone are not a reliable guide. They can easily mislead us – Pro 16:25 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”; Jer 10:23 “I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.”; 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” These emotions are often present in the unstable believer – Mt 13:20-21 “As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.” This is not to discount the place and value of emotions. We are to love God with all our heart and with all our mind – Mt 22:37-38 “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” The Spirit does produce fruit in our lives that affects our emotions – Ga 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” But we must keep them in the proper order: Our emotions must come from faith, not faith coming from emotions otherwise we are led by emotionalism, not faith — And true faith comes from the Word of God – Ro 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”; Jn 20:30-31 “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” If we believe that displays of affection in our religion can make up for our failure to heed God’s Word, we deceive ourselves and betray Jesus in the process!