Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed Him.” Matthew 26:49

Darby renders this verse: “Hail, Rabbi, and covered him with kisses.”

What an antithesis this is to the picture in Luke 7:38. There we see a woman who had been forgiven much, expressing the true love of her heart in kissing the feet of Jesus. Covering them with kisses!

Here, in verse 49, it is not the kiss of love but the kiss of betrayal. It is inconceivable and incredible that a man who had so lived and learned of Christ could be capable of such an act of treachery. The only solution is that we read, “Satan entered him [Judas]” and he went out (John 13:27, 30).

Lord, keep me from ever betraying You with the outward sign of love!

According to Your Word