70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” 71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.
Greeting my beloved brothers and sisters,
Have you ever been betrayed by someone you chose? What is interesting is that the betrayer seems to be the person that you chose to put in trust of your treasure, the person that you invited into your circle, to watch over the thing or things that you hold dear. The one you called your BFF (best friend for life), the one that you call the ride or die (the one who will be with you and die for you). The betrayer is sometimes the one you said until death do us part, sometimes it is the one who said I will always love you. Have you ever been betrayed by the person you selected. Betrayal can be a life crushing experience however; we see in the above scripture text that even Jesus who is God incarnate has been betrayed, and if Jesus was betrayed then so will you be betrayed in this life. The old folks use to say," that if it has not happen to you yet, just keep on living." Jesus was betrayed by the one who kept his treasure, notice those who that will betray you are always around the things that you treasure. It may be your money, it may be your husband or your wife, it may even be your eternal life. The betrayer has comes to to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus declares,“Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” He knew that many are called but few are chosen and even in the number of those who are chosen there is still the possibility that one of them is a devil. Do you know who that devil is in your group? Do you know who that devil is in your posse'? Do you know who that devil is in your family? Chosen to be a disciple but is a devil. Jesus knew and so can you. The betrayer was the one who betrayed him with a kiss. Every kiss does not mean that they care, every display of affection does not mean that it is sincere, be careful who you allow to kiss you. Be careful who you allow to have your heart, the scriptures teaches," Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life." Jesus was not deceived regarding Judas Iscariot but used his betrayal as a lesson to mankind. Betrayal will come and when it does, do not despair, do not give up and do not give in because it is the goodness of the Lord that leads to repentance. Jesus gave Judas Iscariot a number of times to repent and address him as friend even though he knew he was going to betray him. When betrayal comes in your life remember what Jesus said,"love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you." Have we not betrayed Christ, in our living and in our giving? Yes, the scripture declares, " all have sin and come short of the glory of God." Therefore, when you experience your betrayal remember when we were yet sinners that Christ died for the ungodly. I am not asking that you die but I am encouraging you to die to self and forgive those who have betrayed you and forgive yourself because you have betrayed others.
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