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Judas Today

May 30, 2017

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Judas Today

Luke 22:48      Jesus said  to him,  “Judas,  are you betraying the Son of Man  with a kiss?”

Much of the time,  those who are looking  to betray another  pretend to be a friend,  just like Judas.     Jesus was fully aware  of Judas’ intent  and went so far  as to warn His disciples  that they also  would have to face  pretenders.     In Matthew 7:15-20,  Jesus lets His followers  know how  to identify pretenders  in their midst.     He says:

“Beware  of the false prophets,  who come to you  in sheep’s clothing,  but inwardly  are ravenous wolves.     You will know them  by their fruits.     Grapes are not gathered  from thorn bushes  nor figs  from thistles,  are they?     So every good tree  bears good fruit,  but the bad tree  bears bad fruit.     A good tree  cannot produce bad fruit,  nor can a bad tree  produce good fruit.     Every tree  that does not bear  good fruit  is cut down  and thrown  into the fire.     So then,  you will know them  by their fruits.”

All the disciples realized  that Judas  was accustomed  to pilfering their money bag,  even though  they said nothing.     Judas’ life  simply did not  bear good fruit.     Nevertheless,  Judas wanted to be known  as a disciple  of Jesus.     After spending three years  traveling around  with Jesus  and listening  to His teachings,  Judas certainly  was not unaware  of the differences  between good  and evil.     He could not have been unaware  of the awesome beauty  in the love  of Jesus.

He must have had  some sort  of attraction  to what is good  and right,  but he still harbored  some sort of bitterness  in his heart  that led him  to spiteful thievery  on a regular basis.     In the end  Judas condemned himself.

We do need  to recognize  that people play the role  of Judas  even in the church today.     They probably attend church  very regularly,  like Judas,  and take part  in all sorts  of church activities,  like Judas.     But,  their lives  do not produce  the good fruits  that Jesus says  must be  in a Christian.

We each need  to look  at what sort of fruit  we are bearing.     Are we just  another Judas?     Does the “kiss”  of our life style  betray our Lord Jesus?

Paul pointedly describes  what sort of fruit  we must have  in our lives.     In Galatians 5:22-25 he says,  “But the fruit of the Spirit  is love,  joy,  peace,  patience,  kindness,  goodness,  faithfulness,  gentleness,  self-control;  against such things  there is no law.     Now those who belong  to Christ Jesus  have crucified the flesh  with its passions  and desires.     If we live  by the Spirit,  let us also walk  by the Spirit.”

Look at all that fruit  of the Spirit.     Paul summed up  a beautifully abundant life.     Have we crucified our flesh  so that we are honestly bearing  all this kind  of fruit  for Jesus?

Or does such an abundant life  make one feel defeated  and say,  “Well,  no one can do  all that!”     That’s a Judas attitude.

Jesus says  we can have  that abundant life  and in John 15:4-6 He tells us how.     Jesus says  to us  today,

Abide in Me,  and I in you.     As the branch  cannot bear fruit  of itself  unless it abides  in the vine,  so neither can you  unless you abide  in Me.     I am the vine,  you are the branches;  he who abides  in Me  and I  in him,  he bears  much fruit,  for apart from Me  you can do nothing.     If anyone  does not abide  in Me,  he is thrown away  as a branch  and dries up;  and they gather them,  and cast them  into the fire  and they are burned.”

To abide in Jesus  we certainly must study  His word  and learn it.     But,  Judas did that.     So what else is there  to abiding  in Jesus?     The answer is  in Psalm 70:4:

Let all who seek You  rejoice  and be glad  in You;
And let those  who love Your salvation  say continually,
‘Let God be magnified.’

We need  to love the gift  of our salvation  in Jesus’ blood.     We need  to love our salvation  so much  that we rejoice  in the Lord  because of His love  for us.     We need  to gladly worship God  by sincerely saying,  “Let God be magnified!”

As we abide  in the one we love,  our outlook on life changes, and we say,  “Hallelujah!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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