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A Foe Of The Lord Amidst His Friends

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 05 February 2017

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READ:

John 12:4-6

4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

1 Timothy 6:3-5

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

EXHORTATION:

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t is hard not to notice the stark contrast brought out by John between Mary and Judas in this remarkable account of John 12:1-8. While the atmosphere in the house was full of love for Christ, the heart of Judas was full of hatred and plotting against Christ. While Mary was full of thoughts how best she could show her concern for the Master’s impending death, Judas was scheming to betray Christ for his own gain.

Though both appeared to enjoy an intimate fellowship with Jesus, as His death drew near, they reacted very differently. Mary anointed the Lord with expensive ointment in view of His burial. Judas, on the other hand, was wondering, “How can I use Jesus to gain more?” And he bargained to betray the Lord for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave. What is the memorial of Judas? The chief priests took his ill-gotten gain, and with it bought a potter’s field in which to bury, not Jews, but foreigners (cf. Matthew 27:7). And they did not even name it Judas Memorial Cemetery! Therefore, on that day both Mary and Judas achieved a memorial. Mary’s is a memorial of love and unselfishness. Judas’ is a memorial of hate and greed.

Foes of Jesus do not necessarily appear to be wicked all the time. Like Judas, they will sit at the table with Jesus. They will find an honourable seat among His disciples. They even seem to have good comments and advice. They are like Judas who commented, “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” But their words are deceptive and self-motivated. Apostle John comments that “This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

THOUGHT:

Men who enter religion for gain are perverse men.

PRAYER:

Lord, please keep my heart from greed and protect my church from greedy men.