Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 26, 2013

Judas

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Luke 22:6. So Judas agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus when no crowd was present.

We tend to hold a lot against Judas.  We proudly say we would never betray our Lord yet we are guilty every day.  We do, think and say things that betray His love.  We don’t do, think or say things that reflect His love.  This is all sin and it is our sins that sent Him to the cross.  Judas and the religious leaders were just the conveyance.  Our question is as the Holy Spirit whispers to us don’t think, speak or do that or do think, speak or do this will we choose to listen and quickly acknowledge and obey?  Let us acknowledge the Judas in us and keep guard against it.

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June 26, 2012

Betraial

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:47 am
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Luke 22:48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We all understand what it feels like to be betrayed. We’ve had friends turn their backs on us, gossip about us and tell lies about us. We’ve had family members who won’t speak to us even though they can’t remember why their mad. There are many ways and forms of betrayal. Jesus was betrayed. He was betrayed by on of His select 12 disciples, a disciple who held the trusted position of treasure for their small group. Jesus knows how it feels to have a close, trusted friend betray you. Yet Jesus did not get mad at Judas. He questioned why he chose a kiss to betray Him but never did Jesus say anything harsh to Judas. Peter also betrayed Him, not just once but three times in a row. Jesus’ response is to ask if Peter loved Him and gives Peter a position of responsibility. Our question is how to we react when we are betrayed? Actually we should not react but should respond. Do we respond in love and compassion with forgiveness? Jesus knew God was using Judas to complete His ministry. If not Judas someone else would have been used. When we are betrayed there is always a lesson and growth in our relationship to God to gain. Next time we are betrayed let us look to God, forgive the betrayer and move on with God’s plan for our lives.

April 19, 2011

Judas

Mt 26:14-15 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.

There is no particular account in the Bible as to what Jesus did on Wednesday.  He was probably getting in some last minute teaching.  We do know what someone else did that day.  Judas was deciding to betray Jesus.  He went to the priest who he knew wanted to be rid of Jesus and offered to turn Him over for a price.  Judas was trying to watch out for himself.  He should have been watching out for his spirit.  After it was all done, Judas ended up knowing what he did and ridding himself of the death money he killed himself.  Before we judge Judas too harshly we must look honestly at ourselves.  There are many times we put ourselves before being faithful to God.  We might be concerned about the things we want to buy and not give our tithe.  We might be concerned about our reputation and turn our back on one of God’s commandments.  We might desire to be seen with the “right” people and neglect those in need.  Let’s take time today to check ourselves and our motives and ask God for forgiveness.  Then lets turn our backs on the world and face our “Jerusalem” by walking in obedience to God and keeping our faith strong.

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