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.
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.