Posted by: Akash Vansal | November 27, 2011

Bible Personality

Judas Iscariot

He was an eyewitness to many a miraculous events. He was well-known, and quoted in the leading religious journal of his day. Even with all these advantages , however, he was used by Satan. He was a thief and a liar. He had serious character flaws. He even sold out his best friend for a paltry amount of money. At the end of  his life, when he realized how miserably he had failed he did not recover. He did not repent, but committed suicide. Did he really went that far that he could not have retracted, successfully? Well, the Scripture doesn’t agree to this. The Bible lists  out many who faulted just like Judas and yet were reconciled with The Lord For they repented of their doings like David, Nebuchadnezzar, Manasseh, Peter, Paul, Solomon to name a few. Judas was not the first person to back slide nor he is the last person to do so.

So, Can we really learn something from Judas?
I presume we can learn many an important thing from Judas what to do and not as Judas did ?

What to emulate :

1) Follow Jesus as He closely followed Jesus.
2) Obey as he obeyed Jesus
3) Feel remorse and pain as Judas felt whenever you commit sin or wrong.

What not to do:

1) Do not rob the things under you custodian
Jesus once said, “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” ( Luke 16:11)
I praise God for all the saints who are working selflessly in various organisations, institutions, trusts. But there are also many cheats and selfish people who call themselves workers of Our Lord and rob the collections offered to Our Lord. Let this not be continued anymore.

2) Do not harbour secret sins . Speak to elders and try to get rid of it.

3) Do not think your can hide your secret sins from GOD as you succeed in doing so with your friends, parents and relatives. Pray to GOD for help and deliverance from hidden sins.

4) Do not be rebellious on being rebuked by elder. It can lead you to sin.
As a disciple we are to learn whenever we are taught. Apollos, a very zealous
evangelist of The Lord, did allowed himself to be corrected when he was corrected by Aquila and Priscilla. We should not be offended when we are truly corrected. Only the ego will keep us from being corrected. And this ego can prove disastrous. Judas felt humiliated when he was rebuked for his selfish view at the home of Martha in Bethany. If he had gracefully accepted his Masters rebuke, he would not have been disturbed in his mind. And went on to conspire with the evil people against Jesus.

5) Do not deceive those who trust you (from human view)

6) Do not betray GOD’s people (or any person ).

7) Do not be hasty in taking any step as Judas felt remorse after betraying Jesus.

Do not commit suicide as Judas did.
The Bible is silent on this . But we can say with certainty that The Spirit of Jesus Christ will never drive a person to commit suicide.
In John 10:10, Jesus says,
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Suicide in itself may not be an unforgivable sin in the light of Mark 3:28-29,
“I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”
But what about the sin that led to commit suicide? Was that sin repented? And for any sin to be forgiven, forgiveness needs to be sought. For the forgiveness of the sin ‘suicide’ how can one seek forgiveness after committing suicide? Paul says,
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
We belong to the Body of Christ, all who have accepted Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior. And that which do not belong to us, we have no right to destroy it.

9) Do not bring people to GOD with the aim of defaming HIM.

10) Do not stay away from godly people after sinning as they can pray for your restoration to God and encourage you.
Judas felt remorse and let us not be insensitive to the pain that he underwent. For the fake pain will never drive a person to give up one’s life. The fact that Judas gave his life proved the unbearable pain that he underwent. But instead of going to his friends and disciples of his Master, he went to the ‘hate Jesus jews’ and then into solitude. IF he had went to his friends, they would have consoled him, comforted him, encouraged him.
When we undergo depression, let us not remain away from the fellowship of The Lord’s people. Upon sharing our problems and grief’, they can pray for us and share our sorrows and can strengthen us to face the problem more boldly.

11) Do not repent your sins to wrong persons who cannot help you but to GOD who forgives all our sins.
Peter and Judas committed sin of same magnitude;
of distancing themselves from LORD JESUS. Judas, who even though felt bad, felt remorse, did not confess to LORD but strayed away from the disciples.

Judas did felt like confessing his sins to someone. And he confessed his sins to the murderers, to those who were the slaves of Satan, who were heartless people, who were dead to every emotions and senses. By confessing that Jesus is innocent to the criminals, what gain can he expect?

Many a times, we behave very much like this. If we have cheated in an exam , we will approach a friend who we know to have already cheated in exam. Actually, we should approach a friend who we know never copies and yet comes out with flying colours in every exams. Not the one who copies but the one who doesn’t will be our right guide.
Similarly, if someone have abandoned parents, he will seek advice from those
who have already abandoned their parents. This is not an effort of mending
mistake but just a way of justifying deeds and sympathising each other.
A person who is fighting legal case(s) who wants an end to his case should
approach a godly person who had never entered court of judiciary. And not a
person who fought and won similar case. For even if he show his desire to revoke his case or surrender himself or settle disputes (as per the Holy scripture), that agent of Satan will discourage him from doing so. Fighting legal case is not from the Spirit of Jesus but from the Satan. Jesus, when He was tried totally surrendered to the authority He was handed to.

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” 1John 1:8-10
Lord has accepted us as we are. He knows we are weak and susceptible to
temptations and even may fall at times. Let us also not be deceived into believing that grievous nature of our sin is unforgivable. That is a lie.

One more important thing that we learn from Judas is that even if we physically
associate with godly people (Judas was with GOD!), we can be ruled by the Satan.

May Our Heavenly Father, Help us in discerning the sins in our hearts and cast them out . May The Lord refine and increase our faith in Him.  May The Lord help us to accept His discipline and enable us, to apply the truth that He taught us in our everyday life. In Jesus’  name, Amen.


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