New Church Life March/April 2017 - Page 40

new church life: march/april 2017 Whatever Judas turned out to be, he started as one of Jesus’ chosen disciples. Since he was a disciple, we can safely assume that Judas left everything behind. As a nomad, he did not have many possessions that he could bring with him. We know for sure that he held the money box, but otherwise we cannot say what he had or what he left behind. We can say with certainty that Judas walked with Jesus. They all spent considerable time traveling together. What drove Judas to remain with Jesus? Could this have been done lightly? t’s hard to deny that, at least at first, Judas must have been committed to discipleship. Being with Jesus was not the easiest thing to do. Jesus was constantly moving around, ruffling feathers, and eventually had a warrant out for His arrest. It takes commitment to stick with Jesus. No one follows Him casually. We have evidence from the text that Judas was believed by his companions to be a trustworthy person. This proof comes from a vignette in the John account. When Jesus said someone would betray Him, no one suspected Judas. It’s hard to deny that, at least at first, Judas must have been committed to discipleship. Being with Jesus was not the easiest thing to do. It takes commitment to stick with Jesus. No one follows Him casually. When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. (John 13:21-29) As we see, even when everyone heard that one of them would betray Jesus, and Judas hurried out immediately after that, the disciples just assumed that he was going to buy something or give money to the poor. Clearly they were 106