Daily Archives: April 25, 2019
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Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:
“‘May his place be deserted;
Which Disciple Am I? | Marianne Toovey
It’s easy for me to look at Judas as the ‘bad guy’. His main claims to fame are the time he complained about the expensive perfumed used to wash Jesus’ feet (John 12:4-5) and the betrayal of Jesus that ultimately led to both their deaths. But it’s also easy for me to forget he was a disciple. He was there with Jesus every step of the way. Eating meals with him. Listening to his stories. Even going out and preaching! (Mark 6:7) I have the gift of hindsight, but I wonder how many were surprised by his betrayal in the garden the night Jesus was arrested. He was supposed to be one of them!
I look to the disciples and try to imagine myself as a John or a Peter. But in all honesty, I can probably relate to Judas more than I’d care to admit. I’ve seen how great God is. I have a relationship with Him. Yet how often do I choose my way over His on a regular basis? I get so consumed with serving myself and my own personal gain that I don’t take the time to consider how it would affect others or reflect on the God I should be serving. I don’t always see the big picture and I act on my limited knowledge. While I don’t expect to do something as big as what Judas did, I let Him down all the time even though I’m supposed to be a follower. Thankfully, forgiveness is free! I may be a Judas sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be a John.
God, I’m so sorry for the times I behaved more like a Judas. Help me put my own selfish ambition aside and follow You more completely, more transparently. Thank You for new mercies every day and for the opportunity to grow closer to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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