Kiss the King

Why does Judas greet Jesus with a kiss? (Matt 26:50) The Lord shortly after insists that everything happening to him is in fulfillment of the Scriptures (26:54) — might that include the betrayer’s kiss? A particularly suggestive text in this regard is Psalm 2, which recounts how the “the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed” (2:2). Elsewhere in the NT, it is read as a prophecy of Christ’s death and resurrection (cf. Acts 4:25-28, Heb 1:5), but it ends on a confusing note: the psalmist instructs the same kings who have rebelled to “kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little” (2:10, 12). Perhaps those rebellious kings are a figure for Judas, who even in his rebellion against the incarnate Lord could not greet him exact as the true King whom the LORD had chosen.

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