The greatest hypocrisy 

New Testament: Mark 14.45–46

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 14.26–50 on March 13, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

Can anything surpass the hypocrisy of Judas as shown in the following passage when the Jewish officers went to arrest Jesus? 

As soon as he had come, immediately he went up to Him and said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. Then they laid their hands on Him and took Him.

– Mark 14.45–46 

Judas pretended to be a dear and loyal follower of Jesus but by doing so, he was simply giving the enemies of Jesus a sign to identify him as the one that they wanted to arrest. 

A kiss, which is more than a verbal greeting or more than a handshake, because of the close proximity of the action to the other person, was used by Judas to turn Jesus over to his ferocious enemies. 


  • What does “Rabbi” mean? 
  • Are you always loyal to Jesus even if it mean you have to suffer? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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