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The Adventure Link Staying Sharp: I've Wondered
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equiping Minister, Covenant Community Church on Sep 4, 2003, 13:45

The Adventure Link

Staying Sharp: I've Wondered

 

Iíve wondered at times what kind of man Judas was. What he looked like, how he acted, who his friends were.

 

I guess Iíve stereotyped him. Iíve always pictured him as a wiry, beady-eyed, sly, wormy fellow, pointed beard and all. Iíve pictured him as estranged from the other apostles. Friendless. Distant. Undoubtedly he was a traitor and a quisling. 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 Judasís silence) that would suggest that he was isolated. At the Last Supper, when Jesus said that his betrayer sat at the table, we donít find the apostles immediately turning to Judas as the logical traitor.

 

No, I think weíve 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 donít know.

 

But for all the things we donít 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 a 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 our 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 had never known the Man.

 

Judas bore the cloak of religion, but he never

knew the heart of Christ.

 

We learn this timeless lesson from the betrayer. Satanís best tools of destruction are not from outside the church; they are within the church. A church will never die from the immorality in Hollywood or the corruption in Washington. But it will die from corrosion withinófrom 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.

 

Letís make it our goal to know Ö deeply.

 

The adventure continues.....






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