Posts Tagged ‘Judas’

Luke 22:3-6, 31-32, 39-40, 45-46, 61-62
Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present… “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift youa as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”… Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”… When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”… The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

As you read the passages above, you will notice that they all refer to our sinfulness and how Satan uses it to attack us and God. Judas’ weakness was his love for money which eclipsed his love for God. Simon’s weakness was his need to protect himself at the cost of his savior’s life. The disciples weakness on the mount was their need to rest which was prioritized over being in prayer. Obviously Satan knows our every weakness and plays it against God and us. Satan knows that our weaknesses are his strength but we are also reminded by Jesus that in our weakness, he is made strong. What a paradox? What is the Lord saying to us today?

When we examine our lives through God’s lens, we know our areas of weakness and these may be few or many. The challenge we face is to ensure that our weaknesses never take over our strengths. When we are saved by the Grace of God, we are no longer bound by sin because he has paid the price for it but we are called to pray that we will not fall into temptation. Jesus reminded the disciples over and over again on the mount that they need to pray to God not to fall into temptation. When we submit our issues to Christ, he will cover and protect us like he did for Simon Peter, else we could stumble like Judas and lose everything we had, most importantly our salvation! Let’s acknowledge our weaknesses before the Lord and pray for his protection that we will not fall into temptation from today.

In His Loving Service,

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Luke 3:15-18
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” And with many other words John exhorted the people and preached the good news to them.

These are the words of John and in it we see humility not because John was being ‘Appropriate’ or ‘Nice’ or ‘Respectable’ but because he knew this to be the truth. John does not come across as a cultured well mannered person but as someone who dressed wildly, spoke brashly and was willing to die for his beliefs. What a contrast to us today who would rather hide our beliefs, be considered appropriate and mild mannered and avoid conflict. What is the Lord asking of us today?

We now live in Canada and it is a beautiful land with absolutely wonderful, warm-hearted people who make it warmer than the coldest winters can get. One challenge we face here though is that it is not socially appropriate to share your faith and people reserve their thoughts and feeling of religion and politics to themselves. This is not uncommon in most places I have lived in or visited and the challenge for us today is to decide if we want to fall prey to the devil’s taunts through what’s culturally acceptable or if we want to shamelessly profess our gratefulness to our Lord and maker who has transformed us and given us hope all the money in the world would not buy. Are you holding back to be culturally appropriate and losing precious souls in the bargain? Are you willing to be shameless and bold for what the Lord has done for you? Lets be Johns’ in our world and save many than be Judass’ in our willingness to sell our faith for being appreciated in the eyes of man.

In His Loving Service,

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