How easy would it be for you to love someone whom you know will betray you?
John 6:64 – But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
Let me begin by encouraging you NOT to take one referenced from Scriptures to build a statement of faith until you have researched it properly. In our Text for Today, “For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.” That statement does NOT mean Jesus knew all things. He had made Himself of no reputation, emptying Himself of divine privilege. For instance, He did NOT know the fig tree had no figs on it. I did NOT know the name of the possessing demon in the demoniac of Gadara. I say this because He ministered as a prophet under the Law of Moses, and prophets only know what Holy Spirit reveals to them.
However, my point for today needs to be clearly revealed to our hearts. In this case, Jesus DID know from the moment He called Judas Iscariot that he would betray Him. Yet He loved him, He used him, He assigned him to ministry work, and assigned ministry work to him. Jesus never spoke of what He knew to His disciples or any of His followers. Writers of the Gospels ONLY spoke of the matter AFTER–THE–FACT. What kind of love and faith does that require? I tell you, my friend, that is the same faith and love Father expects of us. Jesus knew Judas would betray Him. Jesus also knew it would be that betrayal that would lend itself to Father’s ultimate plan or redemption. And Jesus also knew that what Judas did would in no way halt, delay, or interfere with the implementation of the New Covenant.
But what of today? There are times when we believers need to keep our mouths closed, and speak only of a matter to our Lord. Yet so often, what a Christian knows about another person becomes the fodder of gossips. This ought not be. The Scriptures give us guidelines for what to do if we offend someone, or if someone offends us. Gossip is NEVER part of the remedy. There are Biblical guidelines when we see a brother sin. Gossip is NEVER part of the remedy. Stop the gossip! Stop it today! Stop it now! Lives are hanging in the balance, and that includes the life of the gossiper. Walk in love and keep His Commandments.
Manna for Today – John 6:60-71; 1 John 5:3; John 13:35; Galatians 5:6; John 14:12-17; 1 John 5:16; Matthew 18:15-20