Have you ever thought that it was unfair of Jesus to call Judas as one of his apostles? I sometimes have. Didn’t Jesus already know that Judas would betray him before he was selected? It’s a hard thing to put your mind around. Was Jesus setting Judas up for the ultimate failure, or is there more to the story?
Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted
and they came to him.
He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles,
that they might be with him
and he might send them forth to preach
and to have authority to drive out demons:
He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter;
James, son of Zebedee,
and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges,
that is, sons of thunder;
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus;
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.
As I reflected on it I recognized that Judas, like all of us, possessed free will. He chose of his own free will to betray the Lord. Had he chosen otherwise, perhaps the betrayer would have been someone else entirely.
This is a good lesson for us. We all have the free will to choose good or evil, right or wrong. We can’t blame it on circumstances or predestination, we must look to ourselves. Will we do what God asks of us or will we serve ourselves?
It is the most important choice of our lives. Eternal life depends on it.