Contrasting Peter and Judas

Peter said to Jesus, “We have come to believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.”  Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve?  Yet one of you is a devil.”  He was speaking of Judas son of Simon Iscariot, for He thought one of the twelve was going to betray him.  John 6:69-71

We have opposite ends here.  Peter’s marvelous witness of faith in Jesus and the crooked evil ways of Judas are completely contrasting one another.  “We know You are the Holy One,” Peter straightforwardly says and you may join with him in clear affirmation.  Jesus responds that He has chosen Peter to be a part of His long-term plan, just as Jesus has chosen you!  How do I know this?  Because Christ is presently pouring out His Spirit into all parts of your life to bring you to complete alignment with God’s will as you are receptive to Him.

Judas, the self-centered crooked person that he was, is a mystery to us because the ways of evil which he chose continually caused him to trip-up, live a confused life, and move into the background darkness out of which he spoke and acted.   Judas’ opposing of the faith (faith — to humble yourself before Jesus, then giving Him loving faith for right relationship with God) is mysterious.

These are powerful Scriptures today, calling you to examine your own faith with bold outwardness like Peter.  Jesus is not looking for personal perfection as our world defines personality but He is desirous of your full communion with Him through the Holy Spirit’s Presence in your heart.  Do you love Jesus with all of your heart, mind, and soul?  This is what Jesus wants to know.

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