By Luke Lancaster
Let's look at how Judas denied Christ. To start, let’s remember that Judas was chosen by Christ to be one of His twelve close friends and disciples (Mk. 3:19). He and the other eleven were given “authority over the unclean spirits” (Mk. 6:7), and they went out together preaching that “men should repent” (Mk. 6:12), and even “healed” the sick with oil (Mk. 6:13). He was not a fake Christian, but ministered to the people as a follower of Christ. One day, though, he seriously messed up. He went to the Jewish leaders who wanted to kill Jesus, and asked what would be offered to him if he told them where to find Jesus. Thirty pieces of silver was offered
Judas was implying through his actions to the Jewish authorities: “I knew the man, but I don’t want too anymore.” Judas did not acknowledge Jesus before others as His friend (Mt. 10:32), but instead denied that Jesus was his friend (Mt. 10:33). One action causes Jesus to acknowledge the person before His Father, the other action results in Jesus denying the person before His Father (Mt. 10:32-33). Judas sadly denied Christ through his actions. They were friends until the last dinner, where Jesus, knowing Judas agreed to betray Him, said, “‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’” (Mt. 13:18). Judas broke bread with Jesus, and spent three years in close proximity to the guy, yet he lifted his heel in denial of Him. Jesus actually quoted Psalm 41:9 to Judas, which fully reads, “Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted his heel against me.” Judas was a true believer in Jesus, yet committed the profound sin of giving Him up to death. Remember, though, that he could have repented and apologized.