They were both apostles. They each walked with Him and listened to His Word every day. They both came to be with Him in the garden that night of anguish. They each betrayed Him that very night. They both cried passionately. The tears of each were tears of shame. Yet the tears of one were also tears of humble repentance and joyful trust while the tears of the other were tears of prideful self loathing and bitter despair. One went on to be the Rock of the Bride of Christ while the other went on to become the symbol of betrayal.
What lesson can be learned from such contrast? How could two apostles who were actually chosen by Jesus and experienced first hand the power and glory of His word choose such different paths? Nothing in the universe is more powerful than the Word of the living God. Yet, in His great wisdom and mercy, He, through His only begotten Son our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, gives each of us the opportunity to SUBMIT to His word or REJECT it. Our caring Father loves us beyond all measure and is by no means an "Indian Giver," He gave us free will so we could more fully experience the ecstasy of choosing to love Him and to glorify Himself so we could benefit from loving Him even more! He will never take back our will from us, we can only give it back to Him if we choose to.
Listen to the Word of God, trust in the Word of God, do as the Word of God tells you to do and you will always choose the right path. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105.
To love authentically and fully, one must be able to choose to do so, and therefore, also be able to choose not to, just as the triune God who is love personified, chooses to love Himself. Peter chose the glorious path of love and salvation, Judas chose the pitiful path of self hatred and condemnation. Which path will you chose?
You know, until I saw the movie the Passion, I never thought about Judas really being a disciple...but it occured to me, he was just as close as the other 11.
It bothered me. I wondered if I would have been Judas.
It is comforting to know that Jesus prayed for Peter. That He saw what Peter was going to do, and He still prayed for him.
When I read John 17...I remind myself, Jesus prays for me...too, everyday!
Great reminder of His love!
Mr. Bob, it is my personal opinion that "Indian giver" is a perfect phrase for the way you've used it here. It's not about being prejudice in any way. Now, this is coming from a true Native American. I'm not offended... and neither should it offend anyone else. And yes, it makes perfect sense in the context in which you used it. Excellent article! But then Peter and I have a lot in common.
I enjoyed the article immensely, but lose the INDIAN GIVER reference. Not only does it sound racist, it doesn't even make sense. Didn't we white man take back every piece of land we had allowed the Indians to live on? Not trying to nitpick, but I think it can work without the INDIAN GIVER thing.