Often times, the question is, “Did Judas have a choice or was he predestined to betray Jesus?” The best answer to this question is, “Yes.”
Three Paradoxical Questions
Was Judas predestined by God to betray Jesus Christ? According to Psalm 41:9 and Acts 4:27-8, the answer is, “Yes.”
Was Judas possessed by Satan and under his authority and influence during the betrayal? According to Matthew 28:3-5, the answer is, “Yes.”
Did Judas freely choose to betray Christ and should he be held responsible for his actions? According to Matthew 27:3-5, the answer is, “Yes.”
Judas the Lover of Money
Jesus’ teaching that was recorded in Matthew 6:24 reads, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Judas Iscariot heard this teaching of Jesus, and in sad irony, he proved it to be true.
John 12:6 teaches us that, “… [Judas] was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.”
Judas’ love for money was exalted above his love for Jesus. Judas was very close to Jesus, but Jesus was not his master; money was the master of Judas. This is the horrifying reality that is depicted in Matthew 25:31-46.
Judas’ Closed and Open Heart
Through Judas’ rejection of the Holy Spirit, by not repenting of his willful disobedience to Jesus’ teachings on money, Judas allowed his life to be fertile for Satan to manifest his presence.
Judas closed his ears to Jesus’ teachings and ultimately closed his heart to the Holy Spirit. Judas opened his heart to money and ultimately opened his body to Satan
Judas the Predestined Betrayer
God, in eternity’s past, with a full view of human history, made the decision to use Judas to bring about His purpose of redemption through the betrayal and sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:23).
Judas was not predestined as an innocent man, but with God’s foreknowledge that he would be in willful rebellion against Jesus’ teachings and become possessed by Satan himself.
An Important Question for All of Us
The important question that we should all ask ourselves is, “Who is my master?”
The masters of Judas were money and Satan. Judas was a living example that we can be close to Jesus and not be a Christian. We need to thoroughly examine our hearts.
If anything in our lives is exalted above Jesus, then it is in the wrong place. The throne of our hearts only has room for one king, and in the end, it will either be Satan or Jesus.
Who sits on the throne of your heart?