By: Tim Sader
At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.
Last week we learned what Christ said when He washed the disciples’ feet and why it is important for us to have clean feet and walk the right path. Christ knew His followers they were clean outside and they had a clean Spirit after being there with the Lord. He cleaned their feet as a symbol so they would know to stay clean and that they would see their master serving them so they would know they should serve to. To offer guests a way to wash their feet was an expression of hospitality it gave them a chance to refresh after a journey so they could be clean again. Christ washed their feet for many reasons so they would serve, see the parallels between Him washing their feet as well as their sins and since He was their host they would know He was with them wherever their feet could take them. Christ walked the path in love so for us to keep clean we to will walk in love and it will keep our filthy path clean. We must always have our feet cleaned and prepared so we will not be lead off the path of peace if it is our companion we should be staying clean. If we follow peace and have a pure heart peace will be where we go so if that place deserves peace it will be there if not we should not stay there and take our peace on the road again. If we are not welcome in peace or they will not hear the message we bring then shake off the dust and keep your feet clean from the filth. Many of us do not have clean feet because Christ has not yet washed us or we have dirtied our feet again on the path because we have no peace and/or we will not let love keep us clean. If your feet are not clean submit to Christ let Him wash you, get clean feet and stay on the clean path so you won’t easily get filthy again.
Christ knew they were not all clean because He knew that one of them was going to betray Him and this made that one dirty. In Mark 14:17-21 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?” Jesus replied, “It is one of the Twelve, one who dips bread into the bowl with me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Most of us have dealt with betrayal in our lives in one way or another some of us have betrayed and others have been betrayed. Jesus was betrayed by one of His closest and most trusted disciples, Judas handled the money so He was responsible on some level. All the disciples were close to Jesus because all of them could not believe that they would be the one to do it. Even Judas I think justified himself believing what He was doing might serve the greater good so Christ could rise up and become King surely he thought Jesus could miraculously escape death.
Matthew 26:25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.” The Lord did not hide from Judas the fact that yes, he was the one to betray Him though until that time Judas did not know he was the one betraying the Son. Notice though Christ was not betrayed by some distant acquaintance but by one that was like a brother to Him. Those kept at a distant cannot have the power to hurt you it is those closest to you that have the potential to hurt you the most just as you have the power to hurt them also. Just as Judas did not realize he was going to betray the Lord those who betray you or when we betray we usually do not know we are doing it, or the betrayal seems justified in some way.
Matthew 26:48 says, “Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” A betrayer betrays with the best of intentions to fulfill the reason they have justified for doing so and often they are convinced it is the best way for it to happen. In essence all betrayal happens with a kiss what they have schemed to be harmless due to their intimacy (closeness) with the one betrayed is later the very symbol of their betrayal. We must be wise also with feeling betrayed because not all opposition is betrayal sometimes correction hurts in similar ways so pray through all things so that on the other side of that situation you learn from it the right lesson.
Being betrayed feels terrible many spend a lifetime trying to get over the hurt of a single instance of betrayal. Surely we would never betray someone, we are close to Christ and would never do that! Sorry, but Judas was close to Jesus too; so many of us will know also what it feels like to betray that one close friend or loved one and if you’ve experienced that then you know how bad it feels when you’ve betrayed someone. Matthew 27:3 says, “When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.” When Judas seen that Christ was condemned to death He couldn’t imagine being guilty of betrayal in such a terrible way. Judas knew who Jesus was probably better than most because he had the most responsibility to His ministry and now he felt the guilt of betraying the Messiah and having Him killed. I wouldn’t want to be Judas He was seized with remorse it completely overtook him to the point where he had to even betray himself by taking his own life convinced it solved his betrayal. Today’s verse Matthew 24:10 says, At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.” We live in the days where betrayal is on the rise family members turn on each other, lifelong friends go their separate ways, wives are against husbands and even kids hate their parents. Today the Lord has made himself available for us to sit down at the table with Him and still He knows that some will betray Him and walk away from their faith but until the end they can come back to Him and still be saved. We should do our best never to betray each other we are called to love even in all this hate so we must accept who God sends and not let what they do bring us to any kind of betrayal.
John 13:19-20 Jesus says, “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” Christ told them one would betray Him so they would know not to be that one even Judas could have changed his mind if in his mind he knew it was betrayal. Jesus wanted for them to see that everything written about Him would happen and one of them would make it happen that they would believe the scriptures. Christ accepted His betrayer from selecting Him as a disciple, He let him become close enough to betray Him and Judas did betray Him. In life we are surrounded by people who are not Christ and we don’t know from where betrayal might come but we cannot let this stop us from pursuing Godly relationships and loving others. Sometimes it hurts to love and the pain of betrayal hurts but not nearly as much as if we won’t love each other or if we betray the ones we are closest to. If you have felt the pain of betrayal from either dishing it out or being hurt by it the Lord can fix your heart it is never to late. I think even Judas could have repented had He not hung himself and instead turned back to the Lord who could forgive his sins the way he can forgive us or deliver us from our hurting.
I will be working on transitioning this study into both the written format on Tuesday and adding spontaneous group discussions at my house or church if you’d be interested in attending let me know. The church I attend is MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC you can view meetings by going to www.morningstartv.com where you can register for free then watch Friday School of the Spirit at 7pm EST and Sunday at 9 and 11am EST by clicking watch live at the top of the web screen. Let the words spoken and the messages spread into your area share it with friends, loved ones and local believers to spread revival across the nation and around the world. Also for those who don’t already forward the torch to others feel free to forward it to everyone on your buddy list, lets reach more people than ever before with its message. Share it with your churches if you feel lead to. Thanks I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives. All of what Christ did he did so we would believe in who he said he was. He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did according to the will of his father who showed him what to do.
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to my email: email@example.com and I will help you do that.
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Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27