At a recent family gathering there was a terrible accident that happened. Some of the children were playing in a large room. In one area the children were playing PlayStation video games. In another they were on the computer. Some were in the library. And unfortunately, a few of the boys were messing with an unplugged treadmill. Somebody plugged it in …THIS CHANGED EVERYTHING! Soon one of them jumped on it and when he wasn’t looking someone sneaked and turned it up so high that it threw him off and he could have really been injured badly. WE NEVER SAW IT COMING.
That was bad…but when the adults came to investigate… (we were in and out of the room and the children ranged in age from five years to fifteen) the finger pointing really began. It wasn’t that people were being mean…they didn’t know who did it and they were just guessing. The lesson here that we taught them was that “if you don’t know…don’t accuse! One of the worst feelings ever …is a accusation with no merit!
Several people were accused of being the bad guy or girl and a lot of tears happened because children were falsely accused. I remember watching the children that were falsely accused and the fear that was on their faces. It made my heart hurt for them.
That day we never found out who did it because the real culprit had “hit and run.” For all intensive purposes “he” got away with it. It’s a fact, that he was a child himself and never thought out the consequences. We found out who it was a little while later. I purposely had to forgive him for all of the pain that he caused. I said nothing. When I interacted with him, I treated him as though it never happened.
Jesus knew that one day Judas would point a finger at him. He knew that.
Before Jesus told the disciples at the Last Supper of the betrayal …Judas agreed to point the finger:
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
14Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. 16From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. WHEN JUDAS DID THIS…EVERYTHING CHANGED….BUT JESUS SAW IT COMING!
The Last Supper:
19And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
20Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
21And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
23And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
24The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
25Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
Now, here was an opportunity for Judas to confess and repent...but he did not.
As Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane…this happened:
45Then He returned to the disciples and said to them, Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of [m]especially wicked sinners [[n]whose way or nature it is to act in opposition to God].
46Get up, let us be going! See, My betrayer is at hand!
47As He was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve [apostles], came up, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, The One I shall kiss is the Man; seize Him.
49And he came up to Jesus at once and said, Hail (greetings, good health to You, long life to You), Master! And he [o]embraced Him and kissed Him [p]with [pretended] warmth and devotion.
50Jesus said to him, Friend, for what are you here? Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and arrested Him. Matthew 26
Jesus…had no fear…he stood in faith and went to the death…for you and for me…so much love …and it was not wasted.
Finger pointing is simply a way of assigning blame. For some, it can escalate to judging…but certainly it is accusatory. Jesus received an accusation without merit.
Did I say accuse? Wow! Accuse…hmm why does this sound familiar? Well Satan is the accuser of the brethern…for a fact, the betrayal by Judas was a satanic act. Judas was being used by Satan; influenced by him no doubt. He was so torn after realizing what he had done; that he killed himself …when all he had to do was repent before God. Suicide must never be our option. God would have forgiven him. That’s the kind of God that I serve.