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Dec

The Tragic Story of Judas Iscariot, Pt 3

It was the 14th of Nisan. That night the disciples would eat the Passover with their Master. They knew the drill. Preparations had to be made. They just needed to know where. So, they asked Jesus, “Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” (Mk 14:12, NAS). Jesus takes two of them aside, Peter and John (Lk 22:8), and gives them instructions.

Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him; and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, The Teacher says, “ Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; prepare for us there. The disciples went out and came to the city and found it just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover  (Mk 14:13-16 NAS).

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14
Dec

The Tragic Story of Judas Iscariot, Pt 2

Why did Judas betray Jesus?  Consider one commonly held view. Judas had embraced the pop theology concerning the Messiah. There was no room for a concept of the Messiah as Jehovah’s Suffering Servant. When He arrived on the scene, He would manifest his glory and power, overthrow the Romans, and set up His eternal kingdom. Judas signed up with Jesus eagerly waiting for that moment to arrive. However, as His earthly ministry developed, it became increasingly clear to Judas that Jesus would not meet those expectations. He became disillusioned, perhaps bitter. What really pushed him over the edge was when Jesus began to speak plainly about going to Jerusalem, not to manifest His glory, but to die. That was enough. In his state of disillusionment and unbelief he did something that will haunt him for all eternity. I am quite certain that Judas held to that view of Messiah, but the Scripture does not give us that as the answer. It is speculation. If it did play a role, there had to be more serious underlying factors, especially when you realize that the other disciples had the same misguided hopes (Mt 16:16-23; Lk 24:19-27, 44-48; Ac 1:6-7) So, why did Judas do it? Read more »

12
Dec

The Tragic Story of Judas Iscariot, Pt 1

Who was Judas Iscariot? Iscariot comes from ish, a hebrew word meaning man, and Kerioth, the name of a village in Southern Palestine (Judea). So, he was Judas, the man from Kerioth. The other 11 of the disciples were Galileans which is Northern Palestine (Acts 2:7). How is it then that this southerner hooked up with a group of northerners and became a devout follower of a Galilean carpenter claiming to be Messiah? Read more »

6
Dec

Private Devotions: A Balanced Approach to a Common Problem, Pt 5

In this last post we are going to consider 3 other things that can help us with those times when we do not feel like spending time in the Word of God and prayer. May we take them to heart and put them into practice.  Read more »