Friday, November 11, 2011

Judas: The One Who Wasn't Quite One Of Them?

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. (Matthew 10:2-4 NIV)

"Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him."

His name was never blotted out in history, but was accurately described as the one who betrayed Jesus. He was one of them. He had to be.

Think about it, how could you be a traitor if you are not first one of "them" who you are to betray? That is why betrayal is such a nasty thing to experience because it is done by one of your own. It has to be. Otherwise it will not have the sting of betrayal, it won't even be called as such.

Have you ever been betrayed by one of your own? I want you to know that so was Jesus. If you think no one else can relate, He alone can. He alone understands. Because He bled, got tortured, pierced, bruised, assaulted and was nailed on the cross because of His love for you and me and also through the betrayal of one of His own.

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