Re: Verse reading–Mark 14:43-52; 15:1-15 (day one)
“Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, ‘Rabbi’ and kissed him.”–v 45
Who was Judas trying to fool? Not Jesus, certainly. Their conversation a few hours before made it clear that Jesus knew what Judas was up to. The other disciples? Perhaps he hoped that the other men would assume that the authorities had “followed him” to the garden, without his knowledge or cooperation. Maybe, even then, Judas believed that he could force a revolution and that eventually these men would thank him. Why else would he pretend?
Most likely, Judas was fooling himself. It is hard to look at sin (our own). Painful. To avoid the shame, we pretend, even to ourselves. We tell ourselves lies. We play a part, never realizing that the truth is (or will be) obvious to everyone.
“Nothing is hidden that won’t be revealed”–Luke 8:17. Don’t fool yourself. A sign in Heaven says, “Truth is spoken here”.