Judas Iscariot is frequently referenced in Christian messages, offering a wealth of lessons for both believers and those yet to embrace Christ as Lord. In this reflection, I present a key message derived from studying Judas Iscariot’s life: “A disciple but a thief.”
Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 apostles of Christ, was a devoted follower who intimately knew the Lord and His teachings. Despite this profound exposure to the Christian faith, a revealing character trait emerges in John 12:4-6, contradicting the depth of his association with Jesus. The passage states, “But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, ‘Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.’ He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as the keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.”
This narrative raises essential questions: Was Judas born again? Did he genuinely believe in the Lord? Did the teachings of Jesus hold no significance for him? The evident truth is that, despite being a disciple of Christ, Judas harboured a weakness that he neglected to address, allowing it to lead to his downfall eventually.
The theme of The Church of Pentecost for 2024, “A People of God Unleashed to Transform their World,” emphasises the call for members and Christians to influence their spheres with the values and principles of the Kingdom of God. This transformation is only achievable when individuals undergo their internal metamorphosis. Sadly, Judas Iscariot failed in this regard.
I humbly urge Christians worldwide, especially members of the Church of Pentecost, to introspectively identify weaknesses and consciously seek mercy and grace from the Lord to address them. Only through personal transformation can we become agents of change capable of transforming the world for God.
Be a true disciple indeed!
Written by Elder Isaac Nana Opoku (Libya Quarters District, Haatso Area)