“Judas Betrayed Me”
It was during the Feast of Unleavened Bread that brought the disciples together. Jesus was reclining at the table sharing with his disciples the details of his crucifixion. He spoke of his betrayal at the hands of one of them. Each disciple asked “Lord is it I?” Jesus informed them that the one that he gave the piece of bread after he dipped it in the dish is the betrayer; (John 12:26).
Then, dipping the piece of bread, and he gave it to Judas Iscariot.
Judas’ assignment was declared before the foundation of the world. I used to feel sorry for Judas because it seemed as though he didn’t get a fair deal. But, after carefully examining the scriptures, I understood that every prophecy in the Bible has to be fulfilled. Judas was given the job of treasurer; he was the overseer of the money bag. A thief, in charge of the money! Why would Jesus assign him this position? Judas made a habit of dipping into the money bag, taking part of the proceeds for his own personal use. Our Lord was well aware of Judas’ extra curricular activities; yet he never uncovered Judas’ sins to the other disciples, until the night of his last supper. He identified Judas a devil!; (John 6:70). Judas’ very actions were the beginning steps that led Jesus on his journey to the cross. Thus, fulfilling prophecy.
And He gave him the sop…
In the same manner that Judas dipped into the money bag, was the same manner that Jesus dipped the bread into the vinegar sauce. The message was clear. Judas was the betrayer. “The Bread of Life” gave His betrayer his final piece of bread. The bread symbolized the partaking of the Lord’s body, which represents the covenant relationship between Christ and His followers. Although Judas was allowed to partake of his last supper, he was exposed for being the thief that he was. He suffered great sorrow and anguish of heart for his betrayal, so much that he hung himself; (Matt. 27:1-10).
“Peter Denied Me”
“Peter, do you love me?” …
On the very night that Judas was exposed, the Lord also predicted Peter’s denial of Him. Peter swore,“even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” Peter was so very sure of himself that he truly believed that he would defend Jesus to his very last breath, before letting anyone harm Him. Peter was radical for Christ. He even tried to protect Jesus by forbidding Him to go to the cross; Jesus rebuked him sternly, calling him the devil.
After Jesus was arrested, he was interrogated, beaten, whipped, and crucified. During this time, Peter was sitting out in the courtyard when he was recognized as one of Jesus’ disciples by the town’s citizens. Peter was asked, by three different people, if he was one of Jesus disciples. In fear for his life, Peter denied knowing Jesus all three times!; (Matt 26:33-35; 69-74). Thus, fulfilling prophecy as it was written.
Deny your flesh, before Christ denies you…
Crucifying the flesh is a prerequisite for being a follower of Jesus Christ. Dying to self is an act of the “born again lifestyle”. The old self dies and the new self manifest through regeneration of the spirit. Dying to self is a part of the process of sanctification. Christ made it clear, “If anyone desires to follow him, they must deny themselves, by giving up their old lifestyle.” Things of the old life are put to death. “Those who belong to Christ Jesus having crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires”; (Gal. 5:24).
Anyone who publicly persist in denying Christ shall be denied before His Father, and the angels; (Luke 12:9; Matt. 10:32-33). They will be covered with shame and confusion publicly. They will be sent to everlasting burning damnation in the presence of the holy angels.
The common denominator for Judas and Peter was their flesh. The sins of their flesh had a deep seat within their souls, so much, that Christ referred to them both as devils. For Judas the love of money was his deep seated sin of his heart; and for Peter, fear was the root that caused him to deny his relationship with Christ.
Crucifying our flesh is of great value to us because, it is through our obedience that we are able to bring glory to God. We have to deny ourselves and take up our cross, in spite of our feelings, and regardless of the obstacles that we may face. Killing the flesh is not an option for Christians, it is a choice that leads to eternal life. “Right before you live, you have to die!”
May grace and peace be multiplied unto you!
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