"Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. And Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you have come for.”(Matthew 26:49)
He offered His cheek to be kissed. Knowing.
I have always been amazed at this verse. Jesus knew, He knew Judas was full of satan, yet called him, "friend". He allowed him to kiss Him.
All the while - He knew.
Each time upon reading verses pertaining to Judas, I would put him into a box all by himself.
And I have.
And I will.
Again, I stand amazed at my Christ. Knowing what He did - and still - He loved Judas. He always reached out to Judas in love, grace, and mercy. Judas rejected - not Christ. And Judas was the one who sinned. Not Christ.
Then He puts into my heart and mind, "Deby, who are you not to extend love, grace, and mercy - to everyone. Who has betrayed you in such a way that Judas betrayed me? When did you go to The Cross?"
I fall to His feet - humbled. I pray for those when looking at me to see Him - not me. I pray for Him to remove any sin from my heart. I pray I may be Christlike to all - and yet........
There are times when I hang on to the pride, bitterness and anger. Knowing all the while it hurts my Daddy and delights satan. A quote I heard awhile back keeps running through my mind, "Are you entertaining yourself with the sins that put Jesus on The Cross".
He is growing me through the freedom of Trust to "let go and let God".
I am praying all may know He too is calling them "friend".