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When Someone You Love Walks Away from Jesus

July 12, 2020

“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?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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