The Jesus That Judas Never Knew

This was the title of the message that was preached on Sunday, and it was powerful. Judas Iscariot was a man who was hand picked by Jesus to be one of His disciples. In the time that he spent under Jesus’ earthly ministry, he no doubt witnessed many wonderful things. He saw the blind eyes open, the lame walking, a multitude being fed with just five loaves and bread and 2 fish and even the raising of Lazarus from the dead. He heard words of wisdom come forth from the Master, as Jesus taught the multitudes. Yet, there came a time in Judas’ life when he walked away from the Lord………….forever. What happened to make Judas do this? How did he lose the wonder of beholding the miraculous? Did he come to the place where the ministry of Jesus just became “old hat” for him? What caused his spirit to become sour to the point where in John 12, he questions and criticizes Mary’s use of some expensive ointment to anoint the feet of Jesus? The Bible shows us that his motive was not right here.

 

Joh 12:3-8  

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

 

Maybe there were some things about Jesus that Judas misunderstood and perceived as negative. If only he could have hung on a little longer. In John 13, we read about Judas leaving and going out to betray the Lord. In the next few chapters, we can read about Jesus sharing some things with His disciples that they had not heard before. He began to reveal some things about Himself of which He had not previously spoken. But Judas was absent. Perhaps this deeper teaching would have cleared things up for him, would have given him more insight as to who Jesus really was. Even more tragic too is that he missed the day of Pentecost when Jesus first poured out His Spirit upon the church. He could have had the spirit of Jesus living inside him 24/7.

Those who have been born again of the water and the spirit need to be careful that we do not lose the wonder of this glorious salvation experience. We need to be watchful that we don’t let misunderstanding or perceived negativities sour our spirits and cause us to turn away from following the Lord. There will be times in our lives where we may not understand what God is trying to do in us. He may allow circumstances that don’t seem fair, but we must keep trusting Him even when we are walking a difficult road. We can’t allow ourselves to lose the wonder of having a relationship with Almighty God! We will understand things in God’s time if we keep on holding on to Him and remain faithful.

I’m probably not doing the message that was preached justice, but I know that I want to keep holding onto Jesus. I’ve come to far to turn around, and the only way I can have a greater revelation of Jesus is to keep seeking after and following Him. I pray this would be your desire too.

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4 thoughts on “The Jesus That Judas Never Knew

  1. Life’s choices certainly do shape our Eternity. Wish more would realize how important it is to stay close to Him at all times. Excellent message.

    Hi Karen. I wholeheartedly agree with your comment. Thanks for stopping by today.

  2. My absolute favorite story that captures my heart… not focused on Judas, but on this Mary… When will we as a people wash each others feet? I wish my house was big enough to invite everyone in, but my heart is big enough to pray yours and everyone else’s feet are lovingly washed today…. I am so in Love with this one called Jesus.

    Hi Cindy. I have been in a few footwashing services over the years, and it is a very beautiful and humbling thing. Can you imagine Jesus, the Creator of the universe, stooping down to wash the feet of those He created?When I know there is going to be footwashing, I try and make sure that my feet are clean, but it wasn’t like that in the Bible. People traveled a lot by foot on dusty, dirty roads, and it wasn’t uncommon to arrive at a destination with very dirty and probably smelly feet. Because Jesus was/is God, He knew that Judas would betray Him, but yet he stooped down and washed his feet anyhow. I think this act spoke louder than any words that Jesus may have said that He loved Judas and was reaching for him. That’s the kind of love that we need to have, a love that will cause us to humble ourselves to meet someone else’s need.

  3. Good morning. One of the most incredible moments transpired when Jesus told the disciples “tonight one of you will betray me.” I imagine that one could have heard a pin drop in that room as each of the disciples began to search their hearts; examining their thoughts and words over the past space of time. There was no outward indicator that Judas would be the one to betray the Lord.

    You hit a very important point; “none of us can be too careful.” Keeping out heart with all diligence is imperative and all the more so in this time of great falling away. The end of the gospel of John reveals how we are to do this. When Peter asks “Lord who is it that betrayed thee? And whgat shall this man do?” (referring to the disciple who was following; the one who leaned on Jesus at the last supper.) They were so astonished at the act of betrayal that nobody seemed beyond suspicion. Jesus basically told Peter “don’t worry about it; follow me.”

    We have to keep our eyes on Jesus completely; regardless of what transpires in the ambience. This is a very important post and timely for this present season. Thanks.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

    Hi Timbob,

    None of us will ever get to the place, as long as we’re in a body of flesh, where we won’t have to diligently guard our hearts. Here’s what Jeremiah had to say about the heart.
    Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
    Even if we’ve been filled with the Holy Ghost, we still have this heart of ours that can lead us astray if we’re not careful. I thought of another Scripture too, as I was sitting here typing.
    Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
    We may not be lured away from the Lord by worldly enticements, but unbelief getting a hold of someone’s heart can cause them to turn away too. Perhaps this was the case with Judas. Anyhow, our hearts are one area that require much maintenance. May God help us all to keep constant watch. Thanks for stopping by, Timbob.

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