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“Judas, the Great Pretender”

Judas was good at being a pretender. He pretended to be a follower of Christ.
When Jesus clearly pointed out that Judas was the betrayer, they still didn’t get it.

Please read the following verses

John 13:21-30
21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.”

22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant.
23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him.
24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon.
27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
“What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, 28 but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him.

29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast or to give something to the poor.
30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

Did you notice, that Peter told John to ask who the betrayer would be? Jesus clearly told John it would be the one He would give the bread to, and He gave it to Judas.

A conversation about Judas is not had by the other disciples. John says that Judas was a thief,

John 12:6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

We don/t have a record of the disciples sitting down, saying we knew it, that Judas was a bad, bad man.

But Jesus knew, He knew all the time.
John 17:12
12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

So Judas was a pretender. I too was a pretender for a long time.
People who thought I had my life together for Christ had no idea about how ungodly of a life I was living.

But there was a difference between Judas and me. Judas committed suicide.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, I committed my life to Christ. And that has made all the difference.

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