Topic: The Disciple That Lost The Greatest Privilege
for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.”
Acts 1:17 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:17 (NIV) — 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
Acts 1:17 (NLT) — 17 Judas was one of us and shared in the ministry with us.”
Acts 1:17 (MSG) — 17 Judas was one of us and had his assigned place in this ministry.
Thoughts of Devotion:
The Lord Jesus chose his disciples, they were going to take his ministry forward accomplishing the mission. Each one of them was called by Jesus for a purpose and destiny. In Mark 3:14-15 it tells us, “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:” The apostles had the privilege of walking with the Lord daily, what a privilege to learn directly from the Master! To be able to see firsthand with their own eyes the miracles and wonders Jesus does not only to observe them but to have the opportunity to do ministry and participate in the apostolic ministry.
I ask myself, who wouldn’t take care of this privilege? Who wouldn’t honor this opportunity that only a few men had? To be called personally by Jesus to serve beside him. There was one of them called Judas who lost this privilege, he betrayed Jesus and allowed the enemy to fill his heart. In John 6:70-71 it tells us, “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.” Instead of accomplishing the mission, Judas ended up being an instrument for evil!
His story could have been very different, but the bible teaches us that Judas allowed the enemy to use him to surrender Jesus. This betray didn’t come from outside, but from within the intimate circle! The enemy lied to one of Jesus’s disciples to accomplish his plan. What a lesson so great for us, who have been chosen and called by God. For this reason we must be careful to accomplish the purpose of God and his divine will, to not let anything or anyone distract us! Let us pray that we would have firmness and perseverance as it teaches us in Acts 20:24, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Amen.
Mathew 10:4 (NKJV) — 4 Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.
Luke 6:16 (NKJV) —16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.
John 6:70–71 (NKJV) — 0 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.
John 13:21–30 (NKJV) — 21 When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” 22 Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. 23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. 25 Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave itto Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. 29 For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.
Mark 3:14–15 (NKJV) — 14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:
Mark 3:19 (NKJV) — 19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.
Acts 8:21 (NKJV) — 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.
Mathew 7:22–23 (NKJV) — 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Acts 20:24 (NKJV) — 24 “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
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