“I am not referring to all of you: I know those I have chosen. But, this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture. He who shared my bread has turned against me. I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me, and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” John 13:18-21
Only Jesus knows the anguish we experience. In the Upper Room, surrounded by His closet friends and enjoying a solemn meal with them, Jesus was in “great anguish” Instead of passing through life without any storms, Jesus experienced a good many difficult moments. There were people who were His enemies and wanted to set a trap for him. Furthermore, he was in constant conflict with the spiritual leaders of his time. His disciples and most other people found it difficult to understand what he was doing. And on top of that, one of His closest friends was a traitor.
Jesus dealt with his problems in profound faith, that he stood in the center of God’s will. Therefore, also let your faith thrive in difficult circumstances. Because Jesus knew anguish, He knows how to deal with yours. You can rest assured that you will get through the troubled times and emerge on the other side a spiritually stronger person.
Don’t do what Judas did and try to wear a mask that makes you look like a better person than you really are. You might deceive others, but you won’t get away with it where Jesus us concerned. Where you think you fall short, be honest with yourself. Ask advice from someone in the ministry, or a Christian friend. Do everything in your power to right the wrongs. Don’t ever, like Judas, be guilty of playing under the guise of Christianity.
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and now we cannot live within. James Baldwin
Grace and Peace to You My Friends