I watched for the second time (not counting clips I have used on this website), “The Passion of the Christ” over Easter Week. It truly brings home the suffering that Christ went through, enduring out of love for the Father and for us. I cannot watch it without tears. So what do I mean by the question above? Well to begin with I have to admit the question was not first posed by me, but by the foremost Christian apologist of the 20th Century – C.S. Lewis.
So what did he mean?
Judas was one of the apostles, they trusted him so much that he had been put in charge of the groups money, he was known to have great concern for social justice and the poor, like many Christians today. John in comparison was very humble and simply adored Jesus, he asked his Lord if it would be him who was the betrayer realizing that as a human even he could fall. Both seemed to be compassionate and to work inside the simple good of loving their neighbours, the difference was love. Judas followed with his head while John followed with his whole heart. Judas had his own agenda, and misunderstood Jesus mission, his love of status and control of the purse turned him to evil then he committed one of the most evil acts in history which God used to bring about a more complex good. Because God can bring good out of the most evil of acts.
Judas evil act and betrayal of the Lord was used to bring about Jesus death, which God used to bring about a means of victory over sin and death. The ultimate good, Jesus resurrection from the Grave.
Just as the Nazi’s ultimate act of evil, the genocide against the Jews (God’s first children), which sent 6 million home to Him in heaven, ultimately brought about the fulfilment of God’s promise to them – Israel became a nation again and he has carried his Jewish children home to her (with the aid and assistance of Christians) and made her great once more.
Jesus had to experience all we experience and because of free-will, we often have suffering inflicted on us by others, or through sin we inflict it on ourselves, make no mistake while God’s judgment for sin can inflict pain and suffering upon Christians, it is as the punishment of a good parent, it is light and brief, used to get our attention. Most human beings however choose not to suffer this; they instead suffer the consequences built into the sins themselves, human beings are often fooled into thinking we are getting away with doing wrong, but eventually the consequences will catch up with you and they are not light, nor brief. Neither is God's punishment for ultimate evil. Repent, turn from sin and accept the light, brief punishment of the Lord
No human being, even those following the Lord, escapes suffering entirely, it is the price we pay for freedom and free-will. But for those walking with the Lord, we do not walk through the fire alone and it hurts but “His grace is sufficient.”