I’ve wondered, at times, what kind of man this Judas was. What he looked like, how he acted, who his friends were. I guess, I’ve stereotyped him. I’ve always pictured him as a wiry, beady eyed, sly, wormy fellow, pointed beard and all. I’ve pictured him estranged from the other apostles. Friendless. Distant. Probably the result of a broken home. A juvenile delinquent in his youth. Yet I wonder if that is so true. We have no evidence (save Juda’s silence) that would suggest that he was isolated. At the Last Supper, when Jesus said that His betrayer would be at the table with Him, we don’t find the apostles immediately turning to Judas as the logical traitor. No, I think we’ve got Judas pegged wrong. Perhaps he was just the opposite. Instead of sly and wiry, maybe he was robust and jovial. Rather than quiet and introverted, he could have been outgoing and well-meaning. I just don’t know. But for all the things we don’t know about Judas, there is one thing we know for sure: he had no relationship with the Master. He had seen Jesus, but he did not know Him. He had heard Jesus, but he did not understand Him. He had religion, but no relationship. As Satan worked his way around the table in the Upper Room, he needed a special kind of man to betray the Lord. He needed a man who had seen Jesus, but who did not know Him. He needed a man who knew the actions of Jesus, but had missed out on the mission of Jesus. Judas was this man. He knew the empire, but he had never known the MAN. We learn this timeless lesson from the betrayer. Satan’s best tools of destruction are not from outside the church, they are within the church. It will die from corrosion within — from those who bear the name of Jesus but have never met Him, and from those who have religion, but no relationship. Judas bore the cloak of religion, but he never knew the heart of Christ. Let’s make it our goal to know Him — deeply.
Scripture of the Week
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” — Colossians 2:6-7
Smile – God likes humor
“You’re No Spring Chicken” by Ed Fischer
Laughter for the young at heart
♥ If God had to give women wrinkles, why couldn’t He put them on the bottom of their feet?
♥ Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
— Emma Bombeck
♥ A particularly deaf elderly man was bragging about his hearing aid. “It’s great,” he said to a friend. “I now can hear the birds singing and the crickets chirping. I can hear a conversation a full block away.” “You don’t say,” said the friend. “What kind is it?” The proud owner consulted his wristwatch an said, “Twenty minutes after two.” — Bennet Cerf
♥ Why is it that the person who snores is always the first one to fall asleep?
♥ A good laugh is sunshine in a house.
— W.M. Thakeray
Think About It
Thoughts to Ponder
• Old age is like everything else. To make success of it, you’ve got to start young. ~~Theodore Roosevelt
• While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what the years my be. ~~ Amos Bronson Alson
• Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~~ Mark Twain
• As we grow old, the beauty steals inward. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
• When grace is joined with wrinkles it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn on happy old age. ~~ Victor Hugo