Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus[a] to death, for they were afraid of the people.
Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.” They asked him, “Where do you want us to make preparations for it?” “Listen,” he said to them, “when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters and say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher asks you, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.” So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
We are presented with such a stark contrast here. On the one hand we have Peter and John who are given a set of preposterous instructions to follow in order to set up the Passover meal. Yet despite their unconventional and, let’s be honest, slightly creepy directions, they obey without question. Judas, on the other hand, has either decided that the Pharisees know what their talking about better than Jesus does, or that he needs money more than he needs Jesus. (Side note, I’ve always been rather disappointed that the Bible doesn’t have more to say about Judas’s motives, but I guess nobody ever really got the chance to ask him.) Either way, he decides to betray Him, which is kind of the opposite of obeying. Because, when you think about it, those are really the only two options. Obey or disobey. Remain loyal or betray.
So the question for us is, will we behave like John and Peter, or like Judas? I mean, not overall because by becoming a Christian you have by definition obeying God’s call. I mean more like in our individual day to day choices. Will you obey God’s will, or betray it? I sounds awful, but isn’t that exactly what we do every tie you tell a little white lie? Every time you drive past a homeless man asking for help. Every time you let an unkind word slip out. Every time you look at that attractive person for just a little too long. Every time you have one too many beers.
Now, I’m not saying a single mistake makes you Judas. Everyone sins. Everyone betrays God’s will sometimes, and it’s not something to beat yourself up over. But I don’t know, maybe thinking about it this way might help to give you and me that little extra strength we need to make the right choice.