John Day 16: The Judas in Us


Text:  Luke 22:1-6

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.  Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.  And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.  They were delighted and agreed to give him money.  He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.

Stop and Consider

  1. We want to believe the best in people.  But at times we need to be discerning enough to say, “Something’s wrong.”  What does the church need to do in situations like these? We need to prayerfully seek God’s guidance and have the courage to address the situation.  It’s much easier to say than do, though.  Especially if those acting contrary to how a follower of Christ should act are friends, family, or authority figures.
  2. How are you protecting your heart and feet from walking the betrayer’s path?  What can you do to help others keep their lives open and honest before the Lord? I need to spend more time meditating on God’s Word and guarding what goes into my head and comes out of my mouth.  I can hold my tongue and live by example.  I have learned over the course of the last year or so how deeply careless words spoken in irritation or out of plain meanness can wound others.

Praying God’s Word Today

Father, Your Word has warned us that men from among ourselves will rise up with deviant doctrines to lure Your disciples into following them (Acts 20:30).  But Lord, our desire is that we would no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit.  Rather, speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Christ, who is the head (Eph. 4:14-15).  Sanctify us by the truth; Your word is truth (John 17:17).

Help me to not replace my relationship with You by putting anything else in its place.  Other things in life can play a large part in following You – a very important part – but all too often people make them their gods instead of You, and live their lives totally devoted to that idol.  Help me to keep my priorities in the proper order, and to keep You in first place, followed by my family, then my church relationships, then everything else following that.

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