Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” "Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him.
A Judas kiss! An outward sign of affection masking a heart of betrayal!
A kiss of death! Not only for Jesus! Judas didn’t realize it was a kiss of death for him too! Yes, Jesus will be put to death on a cross, but Judas will be sooner dead by his own hand!
Two hearts: One true and another false. One loyal, the other traitorous! One full of light, the other darkened with clouds of greed!
Earlier that night one washed the other’s feet. Within hours the other betrays Him with a kiss.
Jesus has the peaceful conscience of a Teacher who has done everything in His power to save Judas. His former student has 30 pieces of silver in his pocket and a growing hole in his heart.
In a few minutes Judas will seek peace at the end of a rope.
But real peace only comes in being true to Jesus. Freely receiving His forgiveness and loyally seeking to please the Teacher! Being the best student we know how!
Because we are in a relationship with the Teacher just as Judas was! And this connection is all about the heart.
May all our outward displays of affection for Jesus – our works of service - be from a true heart of love for Him?
Otherwise, it may begin to look a little like a Judas kiss.