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Judas Iscariot

Few people do not know of Judas Iscariot, the "disciple doomed to destruction". (John 17:12) He was one of Jesus chosen disciples. He followed Jesus, spent hours with Him listening to His teaching along with the others. He witnessed the miracles. He witnessed Jesus’ love and compassion. How could his heart have been so hardened that he missed falling under the spell of the Son of God? How could he have missed Jesus’ true message of God’s love?

On the night of Jesus’ arrest, Judas led a group to Jesus’ private retreat, where He was alone with His disciples. Judas stepped forward and greeted Jesus with a kiss, the signal for the men to take Him.

After Jesus had been condemned to death, Judas became filled with remorse. He went back to the chief priests and elders and tried to return the money they had given him. He confessed that he had betrayed an innocent man and when he left them he committed suicide. (Matthew 27:3-5)

Judas was truly sorry for what he had done. He even confessed it, but he never asked the Savior for forgiveness. We know that Jesus would have forgiven him and Judas would have entered into eternal life. Instead, it is likely that he is in hell, shut away from the love of God for eternity.

As we read about Judas Iscariot, Jesus is teaching us still.

Know that even if you have committed the worst of crimes, it is not too late. You can confess your sin, repent and ask Jesus for His forgiveness. He is faithful to forgive.

Even though Jesus knew Judas’ heart and knew that he would betray Him, He kept giving him the chance to repent. Do you know someone with the hardest of hearts? Keep on loving them. Keep giving them the chance to know Jesus and His forgiveness.

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