Kiss the Son – Part One
“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” Psalm 2:12
“Kiss the Son” may seem, at least in our culture, like an odd statement when talking about Jesus. The kiss mentioned here is not meant as a romantic kiss like we see in Song of Solomon:
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine” Song of Solomon 1:2
Instead, it is meant as a sign of respect and honor like we see in Romans:
“Greet one another with a holy kiss” Romans 16:16
Now, there are two very different instances of Jesus being kissed written in the Gospels. One from a friend and one from a sinful woman. Today, we will look at the more painful of the two and, sadly, this kiss comes from a friend. The kiss of betrayal is always the most devastating.
Have you ever been betrayed by someone close to you? Jesus was. He chose Judas to be one of his followers. Judas spent the better part of three years traveling around with Jesus, seeing his miracles, witnessing his power and authority over creation, hearing the Gospel from the one who wrote it, yet when push came to shove, he sold Jesus out for the price of a dead slave (Exodus 21:32).
“While He was still speaking, a crowd arrived, led by the man called Judas, one of the Twelve. He approached Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:47-48
After Judas receives his blood money, he leads a group of men to Jesus. They worked out a sign beforehand so they would know which one was Jesus…Judas would greet him with a kiss.
Judas Kissed the Son
Jesus knew what Judas was up to. In fact, when the disciples were in the upper room, he told Judas to go and do whatever he was going to do. What must have been going through Judas’ mind as he approached Jesus knowing that this kiss would mean his death? I’d like to say he was conflicted beforehand, but that doesn’t seem to come until after. What we do know is that Jesus was not his God.
He loved money more.
Jesus always looks to the heart behind the action. Judas kissed the Son, but it was out of selfish ambition that he did so. There was no honor or respect given, he was just delivering on his end of the deal. Jesus is never satisfied with heartless rule following. The Pharisees were amazing at this, but Jesus wasn’t impressed. He called them vipers and whitewashed tombs. They did right things, but it wasn’t so God would get honor and glory…it was so they would. They wanted people to see them and how “holy” they were. You see, Jesus is worthy and deserving of all our praise and he won’t accept it being given to unworthy things. Denying the true identity and nature of Jesus leaves you, a sinner, subject to His wrath and anger against sin.
“Lest he be angry, and you perish in the way”
Those who refuse to “Kiss the Son” or who do so with their lips and not their heart will find themselves on the business end of God’s wrath…and this is a terrifying place to find yourself! Romans 1:18 says:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth”
All unrighteousness and ungodliness will experience God’s wrath. For those who believe, ours faced God’s wrath by being placed on the shoulders of Jesus. He took our wrath, the wrath we deserve. He has given us a better path, a narrow one that few find. Judas went a way that seemed right to him, but in the end, Jesus was crucified, the money he took was thrown back at the feet of the chief priest, and he hung himself. Judas’ way lead to destruction.
“For his wrath is quickly kindled”
This verse is not saying the Lord is quick with dispensing his wrath, for we are told over and over of the God’s patience towards us:
“The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in loving-kindness.” Psalm 145:8
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
No, the Lord is beyond patient with us. This is referring the day of the Lord’s wrath, the day when He unleashes His wrath against all unrighteousness:
“The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness” Zephaniah 1:14-15”
We don’t know the day or the hour, only the Father does, but we do know that when He does come, it will be like a thief in the night. No warning. No time to prepare. We are not promised next year, next week, tomorrow, or our next breath. We must be certain of our standing with God. Look back at Psalm 2:11:
“Serve the Lord with fear and trembling”
Are you showing Jesus the honor he deserves?
Are you kissing the Son with your lips and not your heart?
If we serve the Lord with fear and trembling, our kiss is one of unity, love, honor, and submission…not mockery and betrayal.
“The kiss here is the kiss of adoration and submission—perhaps a kiss on the feet as we bow before him. There is no playing games with God. If we love another more, we will perish. He will be our highest treasure, or he will be our enemy. The safest place in the universe is at the feet of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. If we choose to turn from him for another treasure, his wrath will be against us.” John Piper