John 18:3 – “So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.”
I’ve been thinking about Judas lately. I have been wondering how someone who witnessed all that he did, who walked with Jesus and listened to Him speak could betray Him like he did. I have been wresting with it actually. I have been trying so hard to find something redemptive in his story but I can’t.
So as I deal with Judas’ story, I began to blame him and be frustrated with him. What was his deal? How could he do such a thing?
Then I go on vacation. Off to the beach for spring break with the family. It was fun. It was cold. It was wet.
All week my Bible set on the end table by the couch. No one touched it. Not me, not my family. No one. And we are all believers. We all have experienced Jesus in our life. I didn’t get into it once. Oh, I have a bucket of excuses why I didn’t look at it, but do you think they will mean anything when I stand before the Judgment Seat? Nope. A wasted and lost opportunity.
Just like Judas. Judas knew exactly where to find Jesus. I knew exactly where to find Jesus. Judas had the opportunity to do the right thing. I had the opportunity to do the right thing. He chose to reject Him. I chose to turn away.
So as I turn my repentant heart to the Savior and ask His forgiveness for my turning away, it is my prayer that if this post finds you on your first day of spring break or your first day of vacation, don’t squander the opportunity ahead of you. Today is a new day. A new opportunity for learning more about Him. A new time to repent and go another direction.