What about Judas. Talk about seeing through a glass darkly. The
question about Judas has been questioned and asked, all down through time.
But first, let’s look at some other people who had dealings with Jesus. We all know
that God looks on the heart (1st Samuel 15:7). Remember that. A woman who was a sinner, a prostitute, we’re told…according
to those watching as she washed the feet of Jesus with her tears (Luke 36:50). She was already forgiven, and her heart already
was right in the eyes of the Lord, or she wouldn’t have wept as she knelt at His feet. And what about Peter, who even
denied Him three times during His trial! Jesus knew Peter’s repentant heart and made him one of the greatest followers.
Or the woman who had been caught in the act of adultery,
who a group of religious leaders brought to Jesus and heard Him say to her, "Neither do I condemn thee…go and
sin no more" (John 8:11). She hadn’t asked Jesus for forgiveness, in so many words. But Christ looks on the heart.
Judas betrayed Jesus, thinking the Lord would take
over physically and free the depressed from Roman rule, once He saw the time had come. When Judas realized his mistake, he
was in such sorrow, he repented (Matt. 27:3). Again, his agony shows a change of heart, and as I’ve talked at times
about how the mind can be warped that even suicide may be forgiven, and this might have been the case with Judas.
Remember by all means, however, that this is my
personal thinking, not found in the Bible. But after all, we do remember that there is only one unforgivable sin, (Matt.
12:31-32 and Luke 12:10).
There are other times when Jesus said "Your sins are forgiven" without the person having asked. Matthew 9:2, to
a man sick with the palsy…and the story of the Prodigal Son shows he was forgiven even before the father saw him returning
home from his sinful time (Luke 15:11:32).
Take this as you will. As for me, I forgive Judas. If I see him in Heaven, I’ll just be thankful for the forgiveness
God and Christ have performed on each of us!