one of us


November 2015 (27)Mark 14:17-21

17 When evening happened, he came with the twelve. 18 And when they were reclining and were eating, Jesus said, “I guarantee you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be offended and to say to him one after another, “You know it is not me?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. 21 Because the Son of Man is going as it is written of him, but tragedy will come to that man by whom the Son of Man is given over! It would have been better for that man not to have been born.”

one of us

Judas was one of us. Eve was one of us. Hitler was one of us. The seeds of rebellion and betrayal are within our DNA. Apostasy is in the gene pool. It is very important that each new generation learns this lesson. We cannot afford to believe that we have arrived at a more noble time, or that the human species has outlived its capacity for divorce from its creator.

All at the same time, each of the twelve men showed their absolute distaste for the idea that he could be a betrayer. But Judas had already conspired to do the deed. He had preached the excellent message and had seen people turn to Christ. Now he was turning against him. He had appeared to be sold out for Jesus. Now he was ready to sell him out for a handful of coins.

If the betrayer can come from among the twelve, he can reside in me or you. He can be waiting for an opportune time to come out and reveal a heart darkened by greed or hate or fear. Each of us must learn not to take our loyalty to Christ for granted. We have to cling to that cross like a lifeline. Trust only in him. Trust not in ourselves.

LORD, make us loyal and faithful to you.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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