We are not trying to please men… 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NIV) There was a second accusation against Paul—that he was motivated by a desire for the approval of others. You can see that from his answer in verses 4-6: We are not trying to please men (2:4). You know we...
“I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’” John 13:18 (NIV)
The disciples had become really close. They lived together in community and served together on mission. Following Christ had bonded them together as a team. These men loved each other.
Then Jesus says, “One of you will betray me.” Mark records that one by one they said to Jesus, “Is it me?” (Mark 14:19). But nobody said, “Is it Judas?”
When artists depict the apostles, you can often guess which one is Judas—he’s the one with the shifty eyes who looks a bit dark. But it wasn’t like that in real life. When Judas walked out of the upper room, it was totally unexpected.
Peter and the other disciples loved Judas. What he did must have been devastating to them. Who would have believed that Judas would do a thing like that? If that could happen to him, what does that mean for us?
When someone you love, someone you respect, walks away from Christ, falls into a flagrant sin, the effects can be heartbreaking.
Have you had the experience of watching someone you know and respect walk away from Christ or fall into a serious sin? How did you deal with it? Do you find comfort in the fact that Jesus understands your sorrow?