Day 5 – Missed Opportunities
The disciples were wondering if they would betray Jesus. He answers them by telling them of the sign He would provide to identify the betrayer.
Judas was the one and he was dispatched to get it done! Judas had missed it. He had so much that he could have achieved that would have provided way more than 30 pieces of silver. With one decision he had radically minimized his Kingdom impact!
He was one of the 12 that was given spiritual blessings and gifts to impact and help people. He started out well. He was committed to the cause and then he let it slip away. Hey wait, I have done that too…
I often take obscure characters in the bible that fell short and study their characters and personalities and see if I can see any of myself in them. Am I as stubborn as Pharaoh? Am I just a judgmental and religious as the Pharisees? Would I ever be like Esau and sell out on a life of blessing for a fleeting moment of happiness? Could I miss the point of salvation like Judas did?
We learn from scriptures the inner battles in the life of Judas. Unfortunately, he left it too late. He kept his sins hidden from his friends and people who loved him. HE MISSED THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS. On realization of his fall and sin, Judas failed to remember the word of Jesus: “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” (Matthew 9:6)
Rather than turn to Christ, he turned to the very people with whom he covenanted to betray his Master. He felt remorse but not genuine repentance. He was disappointed that his decision did not bring him what he wanted, but it was not enough to get him to turn back towards Jesus. He allowed the remorse to push him towards guilt and condemnation and not life giving repentance.
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