Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.
but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
For it is not an enemy who taunts me– then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me– then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng.
“Friend, do what you came to do.” That’s what Jesus told Judas.
It was “determined” what Judas would do. Jesus knew from the beginning of the world that Judas would betray Him. Several prophecies came through David as to the betrayal of Jesus through Judas. It was no surprise to the Lord that Judas had sold him out. This is not to say that Judas didn’t have a choice in the matter, though. Jesus said it would have been better for Judas if he never was born. Although God knew beforehand what Judas would do, ultimately it was Judas’ choice to give in to his desires and carry out his betrayal of Jesus. Judas rolled out the red carpet for Satan, and Satan walked through the door.
Jesus didn’t stop Judas. All that being said, Jesus told Judas to do what he came to do (see also John 13:27). Jesus didn’t stop Judas from being a two-faced backstabber, did he? If Judas wanted to come up and kiss Jesus on the face, and if Judas wanted to line his pockets with Jesus’ blood money, then Jesus would let him do it. Earlier when Judas was going around seeking an “opportunity” to betray Jesus, Jesus didn’t chase him down and stop Judas (Matthew 26:16; Mark 14:11; Luke 22:4-6).
Jesus won’t stop us, either, at least for now. If we come to Jesus with the wrong heart and motives, He will tell us to do what we came to do. When we worship Him and work for His church with ulterior motives, He will tell us to do what we came to do. Jesus is not going to force you and I to have honest hearts and pure motives. If we are seeking to betray Him with a kiss, then He will offer His cheek to us. But keep in mind how it turned out for Judas.
I don’t believe that Jesus had any less love for Judas than he did for Simon Peter. Both men did awful things to Jesus, but the same loving Lord wanted both of them to come home and repent. Judas could have repented and returned to Jesus. We know the heart of Jesus – He would have welcomed Judas with open arms.
“Friend, do what you came to do.”