“Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests to arrange to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted when they heard he had come, and they promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray Jesus… when Judas, who had betrayed Him, realised that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse.”
Mark 14:10-11, Matthew 27:3a
Sin sometimes seems so attractive. It lures us into it’s grasp, giving a false sense of satisfaction, then once you have fallen for it’s trap, it tosses you back out, leaving you completely empty, guilty and with a sense of remorse. Yet we allow ourselves to go again, to sin again and to once again fall into the trap of ‘nothingness’. Sin literally leaves us wanting more of nothing. When we try to compare the pleasures of sin with God’s goodness, it becomes completely un-comparable.
Throughout the Bible, there are countless stories of wonderful men and women of God, caught by the false entrapment of sin’s lures, yet all it did was leave them empty and full of remorse. We think of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit, David and his adulterous affair with Bathsheba and probably the most shocking of all, Judas’ betrayal of our Lord Jesus. In fact Judas’ remorse was so great, after He betrayed Jesus, that he ended up hanging himself due to his guilt and shame.
Friends, let us be united to stand firm against the enemy’s cheap tricks. Sin only offers emptiness. In fact sin only offers us ‘nothingness’. Let us rejoice that in Jesus, we have the fullness of life, the best of all that God has, love, joy and acceptance. We are filled daily with grace when we do fall. Furthermore, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live in the opposite spirit of sin, to withstand temptation and live in all God has for us.
‘…And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil’