Is there a Judas in your church?

5 10 2007

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John 6;70 says, “Did I not choose the twelve of you? Yet one of you is a devil!”

Judas disciples are found in many groups and churches. In fact, I doubt if there is a church without a Judas. They are in every denomination of church and in every country and on every continent. They are not restricted by culture or belief. Contrary to what you may believe, they are the ones who receive good reports and are outstanding in most areas, while being good at finances and business they also have exceptional leadership skills.Judas was chosen by Jesus after a night of prayer. Now you must say why chose someone who is going to be the cause of your death! Jesus knew that He was to be the sacrificial lamb and even though He must have been aware of the purpose of Judas, He continued to pray for him and we see He never exposed or nullified Judas.

Judas was entrusted with the funds of the group and I am certain that even then there was an abuse of that trust…yet we do not see any mention of it. The disciples prayed for healings and many miracles happened and Judas was witness to all of this. I am sure he prayed, preached and counselled to all even as his fellow disciples did. In all appearances he was a devoted disciple as all the others were.

Many disciples complained that the teaching was too hard

Joh 6:60 Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”

Joh 6:61 Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you?

They left Him, but Judas and the core group stayed and persevered! Judas was known to be intelligent and a good teacher so he knew and understood the Word and teachings. Jesus allowed him to participate fully in spreading the Good News! Judas was taught about the power of the Holy Spirit by Jesus himself. He was aware of the day to day living of Jesus!

The question providing the answer, is not about what Jesus did, but about what Judas did.

He hardened his heart! He could teach from head knowledge and understood from head knowledge, but did not work out of the heart! He hardened his heart to the message of love and forgiveness because he could not see eternity!

I am sure there must have been many opportunities for him to “get it”, but he just did not. Judas abused the purse that was entrusted to him and once he took a little and was not “caught”, he continued and the lure of wealth blinded his heart to only see the today and not recognize the eternity that awaited him.

Joh 13:18 I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But so that the scripture might be fulfilled, ‘The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.’

Judas wanted to enjoy the spoils of the closeness of the Bridegroom but could not embrace the Cross that goes with following Jesus. His heart was exposed as soon as he was to embrace the cross. Note that he did not go to Gethsemane (which means “olive press” and speaks of the pressure required to obtain the value which is hidden within the olive…it’s oil!)After the last supper the necessity of the cross became real to Judas and he could not stomach that. He was willing to have the crown but the cross was too much for him. The other disciples also scattered when initially confronted with the cross but soon gathered again and embraced the cross. They could see to eternity. Judas ended his life and the opportunity for eternity. His own selfish greed and interests hung him and held him.

Are you willing to consider the cross and can you see eternity? 

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