Judas: Betrayer and Friend

Let’s take a quick trip through Matthew 26. If you wanna see how immense God’s love is for us, check out Jesus. In fact, check out how he treats his betrayer, Judas.

First he points out that Judas is going to betray him and THEN he offers communion.You know, that thing we do at church where we eat of the bread and drink of the Welch’s?*

It catches you off guard just a tad. I mean, why would Jesus point out one of the twelve disciples as His betrayer and then offer him and the others a sacrament of remembrance and forgiveness? Can you imagine the pain Judas is feeling as he eats of His body and drinks of His blood?

Ouch.

And then a few verses later in Matthew 26:47-50 this happens:

While He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a large crowd with swords and clubs, who came from the chief priests and elders of the people.

Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.”

Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and seized Him.

Wait, hold up.

Did Jesus just address Judas as “friend?”

The guy who betrayed Jesus?
The same dude who has kept Jesus up all night sweating drops of blood because He knew His end was near?
The same man who released Jesus to the people who hung Him on the cross?

THAT Judas Iscariot, right?

He called him friend!?

You see, that is loving your enemies.
That is just a little tidbit of how great God’s love for you is.
That is our Savior:
The same Man who offered his enemy forgiveness.
The same God who called his enemy friend.

And on that note, let’s ruin the mood with the corniest video ever created:

Oh zap!

*You may not know this, but check out how Welch’s grape juice got started:

The story of Welch’s began in 1869 in Vineland, New Jersey – when physician and dentist Thomas Bramwell Welch and his son Charles processed the first bottles of “unfermented wine” to use during their church’s communion service…

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