Darkness Overtook Judas

Word Study

Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake [καταλαμβάνω] you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. (John 12:35)

G2638 καταλαμβάνω (from 2596 /katá, “down, according to,” which intensifies 2983 /lambánō, “aggressively take”) – properly, take hold of exactly, with decisive initiative (eager self-interest); to grasp something in a forceful (firm) manner; (figuratively) to apprehend (comprehend), “making it one’s own.”
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Jesus had twelve disciples
also called apostles.
One of them is famous for not a very good reason.
In fact, he committed what some may call treason.
He led the enemy to capture Jesus, which resulted in the crucifixion.
He followed greed.
A grave mistake indeed.

In the beginning, Judas was not a traitor.
He did not want to be like the fallen star.
Luke states that he became one (Lk 6.16).
Gradually, he stepped into darkness out of the sun.
His transformation was not into an angel, but a devil (Jn 6.70).
He appeared in front of people quite civil
and giving the impression that he cared for the poor.
But what he really cared for was how much cash he could claw (Jn 12.6).
That was a major flaw.

Towards the end, Judas mastered his emotions, managing to keep his cool,
though he actually was the spiritual fool (Mt 26.25).
He chose to walk by his feelings and felt safe that no one knew or would ever know
that he was putting on a show.
He thought he was wise,
but became the devil in disguise.
In the end, the devil left him, and Judas with uncovered eyes
saw the person he had become: corrupt!

Judas could not live with himself because of what he had done.
It was too late to pause;
nothing he could do or say would undo the harm his selfishness caused.
The Pharisees and the priests did not expose Judas,
but his own conscience condemned him
and pushed him to the brim.

Questions for Reflection

  1. When we receive a spiritual teaching, do we just listen to it and that’s it? Or do we let the truth of the teaching lead us in life?
  2. Do we ever find that the darkness of doubts, covetousness, or pride creeps up on us and suddenly displaces us into another world-view where God and His commandments no longer play an important role in our lives?
  3. Do we easily compromise in our faith when we come across various situations in life where we succumb to worldly standards and give up on spiritual standards?
  4. Can we see that there is an evil force working against us that seeks to hold hands with our hearts so that we will let him in to take over us?
  5. What can we do to battle against the power of darkness?