|Matthew 26:48-57 |
48 Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, he is the one; hold him securely."
49 And he immediately went to Jesus and said, 'Hail, master!' And kissed him.3 [It is not what you say that makes Jesus your Lord or Master, but your deeds — your obedience to his teachings and commands. By your deeds you either acknowledge him or deny him as your Lord and Master. If you continue in sin and call Him Lord, you are like those whom He said: "This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me." Mat 15:8.]
50 And Jesus said to him, "Friend, why have you come?" Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him.
51 And behold, one of those who was with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus to him, "Put up your sword into its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish with the sword.
53 Do you think that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he will quickly give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then will the scriptures be fulfilled, which they must be?"
55 In that same hour Jesus said to the multitudes, "Have you come out with swords and staves with which to arrest me as you would against a thief? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you did not seize me.
56 But all this was done, so that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples abandoned him and fled.
57 And those who had seized Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
3 he immediately went to Jesus and said, 'Hail, master!' And kissed him. So Judas called him Master, but he betrayed him. By his actions of betrayal he denied Jesus to be his Lord and Master. Christendom denies and disowns Jesus too by teaching instant salvation by grace, while ignoring Jesus' teachings of salvation's exclusions — requirements, and qualifying conditions. To ignore his teachings and commands, is to deny and disown Jesus as Lord and Master. Jesus is not Lord or Master of anyone who still sins: as he said, Truly, Truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34; if you are a slave to sin, then sin is your master. Your challenge is to be set free from sin by Him, thus to be a slave to righteousness instead, only speaking the words you hear Him tell you to speak immediately before speaking and only doing what He orders you to do.