November 16, 2020, 7:05 AM

I have always found a unique interest in Judas’ story in the Bible. Judas was one of the twelve who were hand picked by Jesus himself to be called His disciples. Judas also had the unique opportunity to see the miracles performed by Jesus firsthand, and hear the teachings of Jesus with His own ears right from Jesus’ lips. Judas being able to see Jesus firsthand, and being able to share a meal with him and talk for hours around a campfire it is nothing less than astonishing that out of anyone who would have been bold enough to betray Jesus it was one of His own disciples, and that disciple was Judas.

Judas in his role as a disciple was chosen to be the treasurer for the group. This leads me to the understanding that Judas was trusted. This individual as it appears had everything going for him, and honestly it appears that all was going smoothly, and life was good.

Judas made a choice and decided in exchange for a small payment to betray Jesus, giving a signal such as a “kiss” in which would ultimately lead to Jesus’ arrest. That arrest would lead to Jesus’ crucifixion.  

Think about this…

The most amazing part of this story to me, is that Jesus knew that He was going to be betrayed and even knew while sitting at the dinner table that one of His disciples (Judas) would betray Him. Although Jesus had this knowledge beforehand, Jesus still ate with Judas, still washed his feet, still spent time with him. Truly even though this Jesus showed love towards Judas.

This reminds me, that while we were still sinners… Christ died for each of us.

There is not a perfect person among us, we ALL make mistakes. None of us are exempt. However, what is amazing and what is reassuring is that Jesus still loves us, and cares for us.

Remember today, that Jesus loves you. He loves you on your best days, and He loves you on your worst days. No matter your failures or your mistakes, Jesus loves you for you!

 

Blessings,
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell

 

Romans 5:6-11(NIV)
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

 

Scripture References: Matthew 26:6-16; John 12:1-8; 13:1-30; 18:1-11

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