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Who are you fooling?
Posted: Aug 26, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

 One of the most tragic stories in the entire Bible is the story of Judas.  Judas was a disciple of Jesus.  He was called by Jesus personally to be one of His followers.  The Bible says that Jesus trusted Judas so much that he put him in charge of the money.  Jesus and the disciples had money that would come into their ministry that they would disperse to needy people.  We know that this is true from the account of a woman named Mary who came to anoint Jesus while he was at his pal Lazarus’ house.  Jesus was visiting with some people and Mary busted through the door with some perfume that was worth 1 years wages.  Judas watched all of this happened and said the following as recorded in John 12:5-6.

 ”Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.[b]6He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.”

 It’s clear that Judas was a thief and didn’t really have an interest in following Jesus.  Jesus after hearing Judas speak these words sternly corrected him by saying, “ leave Mary alone!”  It was after this encounter that Judas got offended and thought to himself…..”Who does Jesus think He is calling me out like that?”  Judas then went to the high priest to arrange a way for him to betray Jesus.

 Fast forward to the night of the last supper.  Jesus is sharing one last meal with all 12 of his disciples including Judas.  Jesus is in a very somber mood clearly realizing all that He is going to have to go through in the coming days.  He tells the disciples that one of them will betray Him.  Upon hearing this, the disciples go into freak out mode.  They begin questioning each other….”Is it you?  Is it you?  No way, it’s not me…..Is it you?”  Jesus told them…..”Guys….relax.  The person that I dip this bread with….that is the one who will betray me.”  After hearing that the disciples are like……”Ummmmmm ok?”  Then something amazing happens.  Jesus calls Judas over to him and dips bread with him.  Basically he took some bread and dipped it into some wine.  Now this next part baffles me.  Jesus just told the disciples whomever I dip bread with…..they are the one.  Jesus dips bread with Judas.  Check out what the disciples response is.

 ”"What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, 28but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor.”  John 13:27-29

 Hello?!?!?!  Didn’t Jesus just say the person whom he dips bread with is the one?  He dips the bread with Judas and they say……Why did He say that to Judas?  He is probably on some secret assignment.  Here is the point.  Judas had all of the disciples fooled.  The never suspected Him in a million years.  I bet Judas would have made an incredible poker player.  He bluffed his way through Jesus’ entire 3 year ministry.  The only problem was even though he had the disciples fooled, Jesus saw right through him.  Jesus always sees right through us.  Some of us may think we are doing ok because everyone around us thinks we are godly.  The real question lies in who you are when no one else is around.  Jesus knows.  And His opinion is the only one that counts.

 With Expectancy!

 Corey

 corey@firstassemblywest.com

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