While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. – John 17:12 ESV
Judas Iscariot, so close to JESUS, yet HE DIDN’T genuinely believe in Jesus. He went to all the meetings, he ate with Jesus, he walked with Jesus, he was chosen by Jesus and yet he WASTED his opportunity to be CHANGED BY JESUS. Not only was Judas selected for the NOW COVETED position of Apostle, he was an officer of this special club, Judas was the treasurer of the CLUB. Yet, HE NEVER KNEW JESUS. What a waste! There has been speculation on why Judas did what he did; Judas was disappointed because he wanted a real king who would FIGHT their ROMAN captors. It has been posited that Judas wanted to force Jesus’ hand, by getting Jesus arrested. All thoughts about why Judas did what he did are pure speculation, since the Bible feels we don’t need to know the WHY. The word Jesus used to describe Judas means: Destruction, ruin, loss, perishing, eternal ruin. From a derivative of the word “apollumi” it means ruin or loss-WASTE! Please DON’T be like Judas and waste this meaning and message! WE get to be players in God’s final act of His Heavenly theater.
Leader, we must remember how close Judas was to JESUS and still he could miss the TRUTH, miss the blessing, miss the MESSIAH- what a waste! Just like in Gospel of Matthew, the 7th chapter v21-23 tells us that just because people “work for Jesus” and hang out with Jesus, doesn’t mean they are a child of the Risen King and it doesn’t mean that they can’t be played by the devil. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” (John 13:27) It is interesting that Jesus called Judas the son of perdition, in many translations it is the son of destruction. When Mary the prostitute was washing Jesus’ feet with perfume the same Greek word was used as was used to describe JUDAS: And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? (Matthew 26:8) In the book of John we are told that Judas was irate at THIS WASTE, because the perfume could have been sold and the money used for the poor and Jesus’ response was golden: He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” (John 12:6-8)
Conduit, Jesus was saying DON’T WASTE this time with me and the opportunity to honor me! It is so interesting that the same Greek base word (apoleia) was used for WASTE, and also used for the name that Jesus gave to JUDAS! What a lesson for us all. We are at a crucial time in HIS-STORY (history), we must NOT WASTE THIS TIME! We have been called, for a time, such as this! Many who have professed to walk with Jesus, who went to seminary to study Jesus and who show up every Saturday or Sunday to worship Jesus- have chosen the world instead of God. So many people are wasting this time of crisis, marching in the streets for social justice, instead of sharing the WORD and the LOVE OF GOD! We must be like Jesus and not like Judas. Jesus was about His Father’s business, Judas was about the world’s business. Jesus split time in 2 and Judas WASTED HIS TIME! If you are going to march, march for JESUS. Time is running out to share the GOOD NEWS of JESUS the CHRIST, don’t waste it marching for social justice. Remember Judas thought Jesus was about SOCIAL JUSTICE too, and his choice cost him to waste his eternal opportunity! Don’t be a JUDAS- BE LIKE JESUS!