Betrayed with a kiss
Mark 14:44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.
Mark 14:45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.
It was the custom to greet a friend with a kiss. Master, master, he spoke, but Judas betrayed his master.
2 Cor 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.
This was not a holy kiss from Judas.
Luke 22:48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
Judas, betrayed the Lord with a kiss, as a lustful man would kiss and take from an innocent young woman and leave. After kissing Jesus, Judas said, take him , and lead him away safely. Apparently he was unaware of what they would do to Jesus. They were not taking him to dine, and then put him on the first stage out of town. I wonder if Judas was aware of the serious offense he had committed. He would soon be aware, for it is the devil's way to tempt you and to seduce you in your area of weakness. Afterwards he torments and accuses you, so there is never peace or gain in serving the devil.
Some pretend to love and serve God, but they do not hear him. They continue in their selfish ways. Do we sing holy, holy, holy in church and live for the devil the rest of the week? I hope not. Blessed are those who see and hear Jesus, who listen to his words with understanding and who see with spiritual eyes.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Mat 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Mat 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
I think Judas was one who was so near to God, yet was not seeing or hearing. He was caught up into his own desires and fell into satans plan, instead of God's plan for his life. Remember the words of Jesus at the last Passover.
John 13:21 ...Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
John 13:22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
John 13:23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
John 13:24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
John 13:25 He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
John 13:26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
John 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
His disciples were there, but none understood that it was Judas until the actual betrayal. They too were poor seers in the spirit. We must watch out for ourselves and warn those who are falling. They may not want to hear our warning, but we warn them because we care. This is what we do. We are to lead others to Jesus and obey him. Judas went through the motions, but his heart was evil, and he betrayed Jesus. Our disobedience will affect those closest to us, so let's stay alert to God's voice and follow him. It would soon be over for Judas, but we are not done yet. Let's make our life a blessing to others and serve the Lord.