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Can you kneel at the feet of Judas?


We have all been wounded at some time by one who should have only loved us. Every life has a Judas.

His name is synonymous with betrayal. The other apostles recorded his damnation with the indelible ink of history.

The truth is, Judas was not the only traitor. The friends and family who accompanied Christ to Jerusalem basked in the cries of “Hosanna!” When Jesus spoke of his coming kingdom, they argued who would sit where. Then it became clear that the kingdom would come to earth not through glorious victory but through suffering and death. Nobody wanted to be part of that.

Jesus knew. Tonight, he said, you will all desert me. He washed their feet anyway. He prayed for Peter, knowing he would deny ever knowing Christ.

Jesus knew about Judas, too. He knew about the 30 pieces of silver before he wrapped the towel around his waist and knelt on the floor before him like a servant. He knew it as he ran his hands over the man’s grimy feet, cleansing away the stain and stink of the journey.

Later that night, Judas burst into the olive grove with an entourage of soldiers, and betrayed Christ the Lord with a kiss. As his heart was breaking, Jesus called Judas “friend.”

It is easy to kneel before Jesus, who gave up everything for us. But can you kneel at the feet of Judas? Can you wash his feet when you know his heart?

Jesus had already taught the disciples to pray for their enemies. Perhaps they imagined he meant the Romans or the Sanhedrin. They didn’t think of Judas. They didn’t think of Peter. They didn’t think of their own untrustworthy hearts.

When we pray for our enemies, we call down grace on their lives instead of comeuppance. At first our prayer is born of sheer obedience, but if we pray for our enemy diligently – daily – a change begins to take place. Prayer may not change the betrayer, but it changes the one who prays.

You cannot whisper over and over, “Lord, heal her,” without developing a true and earnest desire for your enemy to be healed. You cannot keep asking God to put bread on someone’s table without beginning to think of the surplus in your own cupboard. You cannot pray morning after morning for your enemy, your betrayer, without beginning to love them.

How long must you pray for an enemy? Only until the enemy goes away, and you find yourself kneeling in prayer for a friend.

So pray for Judas. Wrap the towel around your waist. Wash his feet. Love him.

Prayer: How to Make Your Enemies Go Away by Jeannie Taylor

7 comments on “Can you kneel at the feet of Judas?

  1. well said but Christ said it better when he said; Father forgive them they know not what they do as they were killing him he new who was in control and why he was there.
    But as Paul said that doing good to those that use you will heap coals on their head. Coals? yes coals of hell for sure. And that is something that God will do to those who deserve it through HIS RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT, not ours. Our orders is to love those that would use us; Luk 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
    Luk 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
    This is the Spirit which you have recived, if indeed you have recived it? No we all haven’t recived perfection yet…so Lord give us your Spirit of love.
    Psa 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
    Psa 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
    Psa 37:6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
    Psa 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
    Psa 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
    Psa 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
    Psa 37:10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
    Psa 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

  2. We are two young Christian girls, just trying to bring practical applications from the bible. We want to encourage others to study the word and grow in faith. So take a look at our blog, and comment.
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    God bless

  3. U beat me to it… HaH@! I actually wondered on Tuesday… after the pastor removed the young lady from the church and had asked my mother to leave the altar of prayer. My pondering was about how Jesus even served His enemy… the one He knew would betray Him. It is said there was no gile in Him. This is truly one pure heart.

  4. may I leave another comment… this came at a timely intervention. Thanking Jesus.

  5. PJ…

    This also came at a time when I needed it…thank you Jesus! Going through a very difficult family situation now. It has been overwhelming at times, especially having the grace & love I must show. The love that is in my heart is totally given to me by the Holy Spirit (can’t do it on my own). Anyway, when my own feelings start to overwhelm me I picture Jesus washing Judas’ feet, all the while knowing that he is going to betray him…the betrayal leading to Jesus’ death. I am striving for this kind of love…oh what love!!!

  6. Oxy and Katie, im so happy this little article was encouraging.

    If we could all react to the Judases in our life the way Jesus did, what a difference the Church would make in the world! It’s not always easy is it?

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