Judas’ Way Out
We were having Bible study the other night with friends. We are reading through Mark together, section by section and talking about it as we go.
This week was Jesus sitting at the table with his disciples. While they are sitting there talking, eating and relaxing (the Bible says “reclining”) together Jesus drops the bomb, “One of you is going to betray me.” Immediately the disciples start to shoot back, “Not me! No way!”
One of our friends chimed in. “It’s a way out.”
We looked up from our texts, confused.
She went on to explain that it seemed like Jesus was giving Judas an opportunity for an out. Jesus clearly knew what Judas had done. So, in that moment he was giving Judas an opportunity to say, “You’re right Jesus. I did this, how do I make it right? Should we leave town, should we sneak out?” But instead, Judas buries his sin with another sin– a lie.
How many opportunities in life do we have a chance to come clean? But instead we make the problem bigger and harder to come back from by adding sin, lies and falsehoods on top of the original sin.
I have friends who have shared this about drugs. One friend in particular talks about trying cocaine for the first time. The next morning she is sitting across from her parents and one of them asks, “Are you okay?”
That was her out. She talks about her having a voice inside screaming “TELL THEM!” But instead, she buried it with a lie. “I’m fine.” Person after person would come and ask her, “How are you? Are you doing okay? Do you need to talk?” Over time, she lied to everyone about where she was in life so that eventually the person who knew her best wasn’t her friends (the ones she had left), her parents, her teachers or siblings. The person that knew her best was her drug dealer.
We might not be dealing with something as major as drug use, but we are all faced with an opportunity every day do come clean or bury something deeper. It isn’t glamorous or desirable or even comfortable, but a life built on honesty is better than a life built on lies.