We all realize on a mental level at least that Jesus had twelve disciples, and one of them was a total loose cannon doing mostly as he pleased, and he ended up betraying the Lord. So Jesus had to deal with that.
Back to my prayer session with the Lord, then in answer to my question, the Lord took me to John, chapter 12, and He said, “Now, let’s start looking at this passage. I want to communicate the heart of the issue you’ve asked Me about.”
The heart does indeed include our emotions, but the heart means more. It means everything that’s going on inside of us, so when we say we want to talk about the heart, we want to talk about attitudes, perceptions, realities, emotions, all of this is considered the heart based on Scripture. So, let’s look at this passage:
“Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. A dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. And Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume, and she poured it on Jesus’ feet, and she wiped his feet with her hair.
And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of the disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected: ‘Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It’s worth a year’s wages.’ He didn’t say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. As the keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put in it. ‘Leave her alone,’ Jesus said. ‘It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.’” (John 12:1-8).
When I looked at this passage back then, I was completely oblivious, just clueless, as to what God was trying to tell me. So God had to start backing me up, and He asked me a couple questions, which I’m going to share. There are three main people in this story – the Lord Jesus Christ, Mary and Judas. Also please remember that what we are reading is actually a commentary that John wrote years later knowing how the story ended. Later then, people gained the perspective that Judas was a betrayer. But when this story happened, judas was considered a true and leading disciple.
We all already know the end of the story now. We know that Judas ended up betraying Jesus. But with that knowledge, do not assume that Judas wasn’t given the full privileges and benefits of being a disciple. Jesus fully trained him. He was called to be an apostle, he was sent out, he raised people from the dead, and drove out demons and did all the works that all of us long to do. He got the training from Jesus to do it, but something wrong didn’t change in his heart despite all these benefits and training.
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