by Ray Harmer
Will we be remembered after we are gone? Most want to leave a memorable legacy. When older we have much time for reflection and tend to think of our accomplishments/failures. What mark have we made on society; or more important, on our family’s, for the cause of Christ? We all have done good things, but we all have done things we are not proud of (Ec. 7:21). Sometimes we get hung up comparing good with bad. We think good works are the prerequisite for Heaven. The Bible reminds us our “good works” are nothing (Is. 64:6).
If we were spoke of in a crowd, how would we be remembered? Would it be as if Abraham Lincoln walked in and honorable silence befell the room? Would we receive the respect of a President? Would we be remembered for our achievements? Or would they fall to their knees as if in the presence of Jesus? Hardly! Most would ask of me, who’s he? On the other hand, I’m not an Arnold or Iscariot! They left a legacy of deceit and treachery. These men were traitors to their cause.
In Mark 14 is the story of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. He was a disciple of Christ (“…Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve…” vs:10). His biggest accomplishment is that he sold out the Saviour and did it with a kiss. There are two types of kisses: a head kiss and a heart kiss. In most relationships both are utilized, but in this case it was a head kiss. Allow me to explain. A head kiss is one we use routinely and almost systematically. This is the quick peck at the door when you leave for work or a ring kiss to a dignitary. There isn’t much thought to it. Now the heart kiss is just that: from the heart. We are putting our emotions into it. It is saying to the recipient I love you, I would do anything for you, etc. Now that you know the difference, you can tell that Judas’ heart was not in this kiss. Jesus knew all along that Judas was not a true believer. He was in it for the ride of gain. “And when they heard it, (Judas’ ratting out Jesus) they were glad, and promised to give him money” (vs. 11).
We have heard the saying “Sealed with a kiss.” In this case, it was the kiss of death. When we are thought of, will it be as godly folk or deceitful traitors? All of this is important, but vitally is how we kiss the Saviour! Will it be a Judas kiss (head); or a Luke 7:38 kiss (heart), “And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.”