Pastor’s Corner – October 21st

JUDAS FILLED OR CHRIST FILLED?

“Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I?” (Matt.26:25)

If there was ever a man who had an awesome opportunity and blew it, it was Judas. Think about it, he basically lived with Jesus three years and it didn’t change him. He continued to be filled with greed, self and of course egged on by his lust for money. Being Satan filled and Satan guided, he became the old devil’s tool that helped put Jesus on the cross! Judas serves as a red light warning. It’s possible to appear to be “close” to Jesus and still be lost. Here was a man who walked and talked and spent three years in an intimate relationship with the Son of God. He walked with Him, prayed with Him, ate with Him; seen miracles performed by Him and heard His sermons. But Judas wasn’t really a Christian, a true Christ-follower. I can tell you one thing, it is a great warning to me and I hope to you that everyone of us need to examine our hearts to see whether or not we are truly in the faith. We are not saved by hearing sermons every Sunday, or working in the church all the time, or being a member of a church for fifty years, or singing in the choir, or serving as a Deacon, or serving as the Pastor! We must (everyone) genuinely repent of sin (something not preached on much anymore) and give Jesus all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all of our life! We must be saved by His marvelous grace and mercy! Washed in His blood! A heart transplant by the Great Physician! And transformed by His Word! The same sins that destroyed Judas are the same sins that we face every day and can destroy us if we are not walking and obeying our Lord Jesus every day. “I need Thee every hour, teach me Thy will; And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.”

Love in Christ!

Pastor Mike