“Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;
Acts 1:16 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:16 (NLT) — 16 “Brothers,” he said, “the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David.
Acts 1:16 (NIV) — 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus.
Acts 1:16 (MSG)— 16 — “Friends, long ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David regarding Judas, who became the guide to those who arrested Jesus.
Thoughts Of Devotion:
In these verses we see how the Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed by one of his own disciples. This was prophesied beforehand by the Psalmist David centuries before. Judas, with a kiss, guided soldiers, surrendering Jesus! In Mathew 26:48-50 it says, “Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.”
This was a sad betrayal, after walking by Jesus’ side for so long, Judas decided to be unfaithful and disloyal. In Psalms 55:12–13 it tells u show difficult it is to understand the betrayal of someone so close, “For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. 13 But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance.” Judas let the devil fill his heart and let himself be used as an instrument of evil. From being an apostle, chosen by the Lord, he ended up being unfaithful, a son of ruin, disappointing the one who trusted him.
What happened to Judas should serve as a warning to all of us today. Judas had all the opportunities, great privileges to serve alongside Our Lord Jesus Christ but he abandoned him and ended his life as a traitor. We must learn from this lesson that we should not fall into the same error. In Hebrews 3:12 it tells us, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.” That our prayer would be to remain loyal and faithful to the Lord until the end of our lives. That we will fulfill the ministry and calling that God has commissioned us.
Matthew 26:48-50 (NKJV) — 48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.
John 18:3-9 (NKJV) — 3 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” 5 They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them.6 Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Then He asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,”9 that the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.”
Luke 22:48 (NKJV) — 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Psalm 55:12-15 (NKJV) — 12 For it is not an enemywho reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. 13 But it was you, a man my equal, My companion and my acquaintance.14 We took sweet counsel together,And walked to the house of God in the throng. 15 Let death seize them; Let them go down alive into hell, For wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.
Psalm 41:9New King James Version (NKJV) — 9 Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
John 17:12 (NKJV) — 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
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