The Rope

The Rope

Featured in the April, 2011 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

Who sold Judas the rope that was his ruin?

Where was the Jerusalem market stall that took his coins and put that dangerous, deadly cord in his hands?

No one ruins himself by himself. There are co-dependents, those who aid and abet.
Who sold the liquor that addicted and killed the drunk, the porn that twisted the mind and emotions of the viewer? Who built the casino that impoverished the gambler?

But in the end, Judas was responsible for himself, because the Scripture says, “Each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12) and “The soul who sins is the one who will die” (Ezekiel 18:4).

No matter how many others are involved, it is your money and your decision that buys the key to hell.

It was Judas who went to the market, paid the money; his hand took the rope, tied the knot and “he went away and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:5).

Judas was so close to Christ and yet so far away! He knew so much and yet acted contrary to that knowledge. His outcome was not due to circumstances or fate, but only his choices.

Where do you fit into all of this?