On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem to shouts of praise. On Monday, he confronted fruitless faith in the temple. On Tuesday, he sealed his fate in confrontations with the religious leaders. On the Wednesday the tempo of the Holy Week increases. This is the day widely known for it is the day when Judas Iscariot, a disciple turned betrayer agreed to show the chief priests where they could easily capture Jesus.
Judas was capable, responsible, practical, driven, and intelligent. He could have been something really special. Instead, his name will forever be linked with betrayal, and his life ended in a tragic suicide.
On this Holy Wednesday Jesus tells the disciples:
“The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
Judas never “bought into” Jesus – not fully, anyway. Judas wanted a Messiah according to his own ideas and timetable. What a tragedy to waste all of his potential with impatience, greed, and arrogance.
Judas’ story causes me to pause and reflect. How well do I know and follow God’s calling in my life, and trust His timetable?