11 Dec 2015

Matthew 26:21-25

Posted by joncooper

Matthew 26:21: “And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?”

Notice – and this is so important! – that none of the disciples immediately pointed a finger at Judas and said “He’s the one!” Judas had everyone fooled. No one knew that he would be the betrayer.

We really should take this lesson to heart. It is impossible for us to tell who is saved and who is not, from a standpoint of looking at others. It may be easy to tell that certain people are not saved (I John gives us some pretty clear characteristics of genuine Christians), but it is quite possible that some people who appear to be genuine sheep are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing. After all, the disciples were the men who were closest to Jesus during His earthly ministry. They walked with Him, followed Him, listened to Him, and served Him – and yet every single last one of them missed it. If Judas could fool the disciples then it is certainly possible for other people to fool us!

Yet, Jesus could see things that the disciples could not:

Matthew 26:25: “Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.”

Notice how Jesus easily pointed him out. Judas may have had the disciples fooled, but he could not fool Jesus.

You may be able to fool all of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool God. When you stand before God He will call out who you really are. There will be no hiding or deception on that fateful day.


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