Hello friends, wow, it’s been a hot minute. I’ve been MIA for a while. Why? You ask? I’m not sure, 🤷♀️ maybe I just needed some rest, or was patiently waiting on the Lord, for some clarity on my life. Or maybe, just maybe, I’ve been slacking off. I don’t know… but whatever the reason for my silence, this burning topic got me right out of my slump. And here I am, with all guns blazing.
Recently, I watched a clip and one sentence of the 30 second video had my mind in a tizz. And after watching i really started pondering on what I really believed. (🤨Eish, that sounds like whatever I believe is rather flimsy if a few seconds of an Instagram reel can turn my views upside down.)
But yes, a 30 second clip got me thinking, it got me questioning and it got me frustrated at how easily people can be deceived.
As I aimlessly scrolled through my Instagram feed, I came across a video and as I watched, I heard the following words, “What if? What if Judas was walking in the will of God?” to say shock and disbelief overcame me, was an understatement. I was utterly flabbergasted.
I mean, was I the drama? (As the cool kids now say…) but really, was I right to be taken aback or surprised by what I heard? Considering the platform from which it was said.
So, being convinced that there is no way a famed preacher could ever utter such. I immediately clicked on the comments. Only to be greeted with 100’s of Amens and Hallelujahs. However, thankfully I was not going insane. Because very sparsely sprinkled in-between the hundreds of comments was a few voices of reason whose comments aligned with my thoughts. These comments were like angels of light shouting out in the darkness that this message was misleading people. And unfortunately, not a single soul was taking any heed.
One particular comment summed up my thoughts precisely. “What about Judas? Why did he go to a lost eternity if he was in the will of God?”
What I could not understand was how in order to make a point for a message, something that the Bible is very clear on, can be misconstrued to such a severe degree. To say that Judas was in God’s will, because the betrayal was something that had to happen. Had to be the most ludicrous thing I ever heard.
In the most simplest of terms, I can muster up, I do believe that Judas had a choice. And irrespective of what Judas did or did not do, Jesus would have still gone to the cross.
I do believe what was definitely the Will of God, was to restore us sinners, back to Him so that we could have eternal life through Jesus. Jesus had to die, his blood had to be shed and He had to be resurrected for our salvation.
Judas, like everyone else in the world had a little something called, ‘free will’. And mind you, even Jesus could have said no. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane asked God to take this cup away from Him. But because it was God’s will for His life, Jesus went ahead.
“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but Yours be done.”
It would be incorrect and misleading to say that Judas’ betrayal was what God allowed him to do? Or that God put him in Jesus’s inner circle because he had to betray Jesus. Because if that was true? It begs the question, ‘What about Judas? Did God not care for Judas? Did God want so badly for Jesus to save us, but that salvation would ultimately cost Judas his soul?
Because I cannot believe that to be true. Just the sound of that seems wrong. The God that I know, will never allow that. He does not force His Will upon anyone. And neither does He deliberately allow things to happen just so He can use it for the extension of His Kingdom.
Judas could not have been a simple pawn in the grand scheme of things. And neither was he an instrument used to elevate Jesus to greatness. What this kind of thinking does, is it takes away from the fact that Jesus willing gave up his life for our salvation. This kind of thinking and preaching is reckless, dangerous, and can easily lead people astray.
There is nothing that any human being, angel, or demon could have done that would have stopped or assisted Jesus going to the cross. That is what makes it a willing sacrifice.
I feel that Christianity today, has become all about motivating the masses. And we have forgotten that the commission we are actually on is the salvation of souls.
You cannot turn this to a motivational speech when in fact all things are supposed be done to bring glory to God. And not to there make it all about us or to make us feel better about ourselves and our lives. To me, all a statement like this does, is waters down Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice.
You see, the problem with us is that we all want to be identified as Jesus, or Joseph or as a Daniel as an Esther or Deborah. We all want to identify as people who are walking in the perfect will of God.
But we forget amongst us and including us, walk the Judas’s, the Jezebels, Pharisee’s, and Pharoah’s. And if we are saying that people like Judas or Jezebel for that matter, were correct in their actions because God allowed it, as it was all part of the bigger plan, then something about our message is drastically wrong. Because all these people, including us have a free will.
DID GOD EVEN LOVE JUDAS? AND DID GOD ALLOW JUDAS TO BETRAY JESUS?
The answer is found in Jesus’ actions just prior to the crucifixion.
If you remember the story, just before the Passover, realising that His time has come and how deeply He loved his disciples, Jesus displays that love by washing the feet of the disciples, including Judas. During the last supper, Jesus sat and ate with Judas and did so, knowing full well what Judas was about to do. Jesus at the table said that one of them was about to betray him.
“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew the hour had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.”John 13:1
There is no mistaking it, God loved Judas. God loved Judas and even up until the end, Jesus did everything possible to help Judas change his mind. But Judas, was the one, who never truly accepted or believed in Jesus. Judas was just in it for his own personal gain.
John describes Judas as “a thief, as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it,” John 12:6John 12:6
If anything, you have to wonder if Jesus knew what Judas would do, why did He even keep Judas around? From what I’ve been watching, some would say, because Jesus had to be betrayed? 👀
No, Jesus kept him around, because ultimately, every single person out there, has to have an encounter with God, and make up their minds for themselves. Every person has to have a saving grace moment with God. And God reveals His love for us time after time after time. Never will He leave us nor forsake us. He gives us right up until our last possible moments to change our minds. But sometimes we get so caught up in our own schemes and plans and misery that we miss Him completely.
God didn’t allow Judas to be amongst Jesus’s closest so Judas could betray Jesus, he was there because God wanted Judas to see and experience His love. To give him a choice between life, and life in abundance or death. To give him the best possible chance and equip him to resist Satan. But we all know which choice he eventually went with.
“Never will I leave you nor forsake you”
And you know the saddest part about Judas’s story, was that when he heard that Jesus was condemned to be crucified, he went back to the Priests to return the money (which they refused) and being overcome he hung himself. So, he felt the remorse, but still, after everything, was without repentance.
And worse still, if Judas just waited 3 more days, he would have the greatest opportunity ever, to make things right with Jesus. Peter denied Jesus as well prior to the crucifixion, but when Jesus rose, He forgave Peter. Nothing would have been different for Judas had he been there and asked to be redeemed too.
Friends, I know this sounds like a very shouty message. But we cannot be accepting every word and message out there as the truth. We need to spend time reading the Word to be able to discern for ourselves what is wrong and what is right.
IN DEFENCE OF THE POSTER
In defence of the poster, I want to note that my thoughts have been written solely based on that one sentence. I did not listen to the whole message or series, so I’m praying he corrected his thought pattern at some point.
Personally, I didn’t want to listen to anymore. Because I don’t believe that I could have even benefited from anything else, no matter how great the message was. Considering how distressed I was from what I had heard, in those mere 30 seconds. #clickbait
But I guess that is the point of a reel. To get the juiciest, attention-grabbing bit of info out there, to get the clicks and score some sales?
But let’s be real. (lol, excuse the pun. 🤭) Not all people out there are clicking on the link to listen to the whole message. What they are watching, listening, and absorbing is that 30 second video only. And if you are preaching a very dicey message, the least you can do is get it right in those few seconds you have influence over.
Rather than putting out controversial bits that you know people will disagree with, or worse still put out a false narrative just to get the clicks and views.
But if am wrong in any way, please feel free to correct me. If I somehow misconstrued it, if I missed something. By all means, please let me know. Explain it to me Sheila, please explain, cos I am at a loss… 🤷♀️