A kiss means a lot of things to a lot of people depending on the culture and environment in which you find yourself. To some it means acceptance, to others it means oneness, greetings or a way of showing appreciation. A kiss may not be mouth to mouth but some it is, like the marital kiss. However, I am not talking about all those kisses in an immoral or moral affair. I am talking about a kiss of betrayal from Judas Iscariot to Jesus the Christ.
Hear this: Any time you give someone a kiss of betrayal you pass a death sentence to the person you betrayed. Why? Because if the person bretrayed is found guilty he faces a cruel judgement. That was what happened to Jesus.
Mark 14:44 says, “Now the betrayer had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; take Him and lead Him away safely””.
Immediately Judas kissed Jesus they arrested Him and that was His journey to the law court (Pilate) and later sentenced to death. Irrespective of the fact that He gave His life willingly but someone was instrumental to it. Judas kissed Jesus to notify the police (chief priests and the scribes) the actual person. There was a great facial resemblance between Jesus and His disciples so they needed a means of identification.
What I am trying to point out here is that in the midst of your co-workers, church, congregation, business associates, friends or family members anyone can betray you. So you have to learn how to deal with it before or after it happens.
It is not only Judas that betrayed Jesus, Peter also betrayed Him. The difference is that Peter repented but Judas killed himself. People are still betraying Jesus till today. When you are ashamed to preach Jesus, cheat, oppress the poor, pervert justice, commit fornication, immorality, create violence and still confess Christ in pretence, sit in front of the church in pretence, donate to the church in pretence, then, there is no difference between you and Judas. Judas is even better than you because he regretted his actions and returned the money (Matthew 27:5). He died before Jesus was crucified.
I don’t know how long you have been going through the torments of betrayal. Day and night you lose sleep because the person you gave a kiss of betrayal is languishing in prison, isolation or being subjected to inhumane treatment because of you. It’s time to tell the truth, it’s time for you to prove his or her innocence. If you are the one betrayed, then, it’s time to learn not to put all your trust in man.
I pray that every kiss of betrayal in your life will turn into a kiss of acceptance. Shalom.