Twenty-Four – Day 5 Reading

Twenty-Four – Day 5 Reading

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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Scriptures

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John 13:27-30

Proverbs 28:13-14

1 Timothy 6:10

Matthew 27:3-8

Acts 20:21-24

Jude 1:24-25

5 Comments

  1. Nora Phelps

    Satan entered him, has anyone ever wondered was satan still in him when he felt remorse and gave back the money? Judas knew who Jesus was yet he had that me, me, me , mentality . I believe we’re all in danger of turning on Jesus if we focus more on ourselves instead of Jesus and others.

  2. Angela Bishop

    HE MISSED THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS…

    How many times have I, too, slighted the power of forgiveness for myself? Counted my sin as too great to ever be forgiven? Can’t forgive myself? How many times have I committed suicide of a gift or relationship that never came to fruition in my life because I was too stubborn to see past guilt to forgiveness?

    Deep thoughts…Processing…Leaning into Love

  3. Jesse Nolan

    I believe we’re all like Judas, just a stones throw away from giving up our seat in eternity. After all we’re just sinners in a world of sin and chaos. This is absolutely the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and struggle everyday with mere thoughts and words. I’m just thankful that Jesus doesn’t give up on his children. I believe if more churches were teaching men, young men especially, the ways to become a kingdom man, that we could really make a difference in the world today.

  4. Christy Simmons

    Wow. I can see Judas thinking things through and justifying his actions by “If I don’t take care of myself, who will?”. If we are not careful, when we get discouraged and feel defeated, we can turn to this kind of attitude to try to justify our actions. I think if we are honest with ourselves we have all been there at one time or another.

    Proverbs 3:5 TPT speaks loudly to me here. “Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on Him to guide you, and He will lead you in every decision you make.”
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    The truth is, if we will humble ourselves and let others see we are hurting then we will see that there are people around who do want to help and we will see there is better path .

  5. Audrey Griffith

    Forgiveness…a gift we receive from our Heavenly ABBA and give to ourselves and to others. May our hearts be ready to quickly forgive so we do not enter into bitterness or unbelief. Even though Judas walked with our blessed Savior, his actions showed he had not received the love so freely offered – and the forgiven part of that same love!

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