Saturday, August 23, 2008



There used to be a group called the Manhattans, An early 70's group. This group had one of the smoothest tenor lead singer of all time. His name was Gerald Austin. The groups hit song was entitled 'Let's Just Kiss and Say Good-bye.' It was a song about a break up between a couple that had been together for a long time.

When I thought of the lyrics of the song it made me wonder about a kiss. 'I had to meet you here today. There's just so many things to say. Please don't stop me till I'm through, this is something I hate to do.
We've been meeting here so long.....etc....Please darling don't you cry, Let's just kiss and say good-bye! Powerful lyrics. But why a kiss? A kiss is a term of endearment. A kiss is something that is the seal of approval. Us guys always felt that getting the first kiss from a young lady was the start of something. A kiss is usually how you greet your wife. A kiss is how you say good night to your children. A kiss is what you share when you want to let a person know that you love them! So why in Luke 22:47 did Judas betray Jesus with a kiss?

This gives a whole new meaning for a kiss! Jesus had 12 friends that we know as disciples. He chose his disciples Himself. The bible says that he knew one of them was the devil. So for 3 years of Jesus' life he walked, talked, and had breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a man that he knew would betray Him. Some may wonder, why didn't Jesus expose Judas for what he was? Why did Jesus allow Judas to continue on with Him? The answer is simple. Jesus knew that prophecy had to be fulfilled. He knew he had an ultimate purpose in life. So in order to fulfill the promise, Jesus had to let someone he didn't necessarily care for as a person tag along to keep Himself focused on the purpose.

Here goes....Get ready to SHOUT! There are people in your life that are there only to bother you. These people are in your life to keep you on your knees. These people are in your life because they are a part of the problem and the solution. These same people will help catapult you to your destiny! When Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, he opened our eyes to the fact that a kiss is not always what we intend it to be. Be careful who you let put their lips on you. When I say lips it's not always in the kissing form. Be careful of who speaks well of you. Be careful of who always has an answer. Be careful of the ones that seem to like you but it's just something about them that you just can't put your finger on. Everyone in your life is not meant to stay in your life. Let's just kiss and say good bye. You can't carry everyone with you. There are some places that God wants you to go th at only you can go. Learn to love, leave, and live your life as God intended! Next time you're betrayed by someone you THOUGHT was a friend, just remember 'Let's Just Kiss and Say Good Bye!' Jesus already knew the betrayal was on the way. So get over it, step on it, but don't live your life wondering 'why'........


Marcus said...

Very powerful message. Really helped me out. Thanks for the post.

Shaquaila said...

Love the message but PLEASE CORRECT; the lead sing was NOT Gerald Austin is was George Smith "Smity" originally which was my grandfather so I know. Gerald came in after he pasted away... and was very Awesome not taking anything away from him. :) But i would like the nothing to be taken from Smity the original lead singer of the Manhattans

David said...

To whom it may concern, My name is Pastor David Roberson and I am honored and slightly disheartened by the lack of journalistic research. I wrote this piece in May of 2007 and send it out to 30 or so friends, all to have it sent back to me 3 months later with the honorable Bishop Jakes as the author. I am totally in awe that someone would view my writings and place them in the same category as the Bishop. But it really hurts my angle as a writer not to receive the credit for what God gave me as word of encouragement. In the future, please research your authors before posting. Our livelihood is at stake. Faithfully yours,

Pastor David Roberson
Another Chance Family Fellowship