Is There Grace For Lowlife Butt Holes? I Sure HopeSo!

When you read the next sentence, please do your best to pretend you hear me saying it with my heavy, southern accent. Now, y’all know I ain’t no bible scholar, but yesterday I got to ponderin’ somethin’.

I was reading about Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. You know the story. Jesus goes to pray and asks His disciples to watch out for Him. He knows what’s about to Happen. He checks on them a few minutes later and they’re snoozing away. I think Jesus might’ve been just a tad upset with them, and rightly so!

Anyway, later as He’s praying again, He sees the faint light on the horizon of the torches of the mob that’s coming to arrest Him. A mob, mind you, consisting of one of His very own disciples, Judas.

We all know how we feel about Judas. He had to be a lowlife “blankety blank” to betray his friend for money; and to add insult to injury (or tortuous death in Jesus’s case) Judas greeted Him with a brotherly kiss. What a butt hole! I mean, who in their right mind, after being with Jesus, and seeing the things He’d done, would do that?! Judas was so bad that you’d never hear anyone name their kid Judas. Well, maybe some idiot movie star. Anyway, the point is, Judas is one of the most hated people in the bible. Judas is the epitome of betrayal. But didn’t Peter betray Jesus shorty after?

Peter was asked three times if he knew Jesus and every single time he lied. Doesn’t that also make Peter a lowlife “blankety blank” too? Doesn’t that make Peter a total butt hole? Not to mention kinda wimpy. I totally understand that Peter’s betrayal didn’t get Jesus arrested but, all I ever hear (from myself included) is that sin is sin. And isn’t it?

Judas felt so bad that he threw the money back at the people who arrested Jesus, then went and hung himself. Seems to me he realized the magnitude of his betrayal. Peter felt equally as bad too, and chose to handle things totally different, but there’s still a part of me who wonders why we think Judas was so much more horrible. I don’t know, I’m just thinking. I’m not wanting to debate, but I am wondering what some of you think about this.

We betray Jesus every time we do wrong, but we expect grace and mercy, and He gives it freely. Was there grace and mercy for Judas? People who are saved are capable of sinning. In Luke 22, it says that satan entered Judas. Does that mean he WASN’T saved? Was Judas a monster, or did he just get caught up in greed? Was he saved or not? Haven’t we betrayed our friends and expected them to forgive us? On top of everything, what happened to Jesus HAD to happen for us to have forgiveness of sin and eternal life, and someone had to be the bad guy. I don’t know. I’m just thinking.

Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. Isaiah 53:4-6

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