Why Have You Come?

“‘Friend,’ Jesus asked him, ‘why have you come?’ Then they came up, took hold of Jesus, and arrested Him” (Matthew 26:50).
Judas came to betray Jesus. He kisssed him in order to identify him for the authorities. He came to Jesus to enrich himself at the Lord’s expense, as he had been doing as the treasurer of the disciples’ group.
With his question Jesus hopes to bring him to face his treacherous purpose.
But although it was already too late for Jesus (for they arrested him), there was still opportunity for Judas’s salvation.
Jesus still invites, by his question, in order that we may examine our motives when we search him out.
“Friend, why have you come?”
Translated from the Portuguese-language devotional, Deus Conosco (God with Us).

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