Judas illustrates false discipleship. Note carefully the characteristics of his hypocrisy.
First, he loved temporal gain more than eternal riches. He wanted glory; he wanted success; he wanted earthly treasures.
Perhaps he was disappointed that Christ did not fulfill all his political expectations for the Messiah. He may have had his heart set on a high position in Christ’s earthly kingdom.
It is typical of false disciples that they get on board with Jesus to get what they want, but when instead of delivering He makes demands on them, they turn away. Such people reveal that they never had genuine faith to begin with.
They are like the seed that springs up in rocky soil. It grows well for a while, but when the sun comes out, it withers and dies (cf. Matt. 13:20 – 21).
They follow Christ for a season but eventually sell Him for selfish desire, money, prestige, or power.
Second, Judas was marked by deceit. His show of faith was only a masquerade.
False disciples are masters of subtle deception, adept at deluding others.
They pretend to love the Lord, but their kisses are the kisses of betrayal.
Finally, Judas and all false disciples are in it for what they receive. They are satisfied with a salved conscience, peace of mind, a good reputation, or spiritual self-satisfaction.
Some of them profess Christ because it is good for business or because they think trusting Christ will bring health, wealth, or prosperity. But they will sell the Savior just as Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Like Judas, they love the world and they love darkness.
Their halfhearted faith turns inevitably to hard-hearted unbelief. I fear there are multitudes like Judas in the contemporary church.
They are friendly to Jesus. They look and talk like disciples. But they are not committed to Him and are therefore capable of the worst kind of betrayal.
A real disciple, on the other hand, may fail Christ but will never turn against Him. A true Christian might temporarily fear to stand up for the Lord but would never willingly sell Him out.
Inevitably, true disciples will falter, but when they fall into sin, they will seek cleansing. They won’t wallow in the mire (cf. 2 Peter 2:22).
Their faith is neither fragile nor temporary; it is a dynamic and ever-growing commitment to the Savior.
Writing for the edification of the body of Christ