Those Whom He Wanted

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Have you ever thought that it was unfair of Jesus to call Judas as one of his apostles?  I sometimes have.  Didn’t Jesus already know that Judas would betray him before he was selected? It’s a hard thing to put your mind around.  Was Jesus setting Judas up for the ultimate failure, or is there more to the story?

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted
and they came to him.
He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles,
that they might be with him
and he might send them forth to preach
and to have authority to drive out demons:
He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter;
James, son of Zebedee,
and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges,
that is, sons of thunder;
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus;
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

As I reflected on it I recognized that Judas, like all of us, possessed free will.  He chose of his own free will to betray the Lord.  Had he chosen otherwise, perhaps the  betrayer would have been someone else entirely.

This is a good lesson for us.  We all have the free will to choose good or evil, right or wrong.  We can’t blame it on circumstances or predestination, we must look to ourselves. Will we do what God asks of us or will we serve ourselves?

It is the most important choice of our lives.  Eternal life depends on it.

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2 Responses to Those Whom He Wanted

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    There are several reasons why Jesus picked Judas as an Apostle. The two most amazing reasons would be: Jesus set an example for us towards those who are unsaved
    You may have been hurt personally by a “Judas”. You heart may have been broken and your trust shattered. Take comfort in knowing that Jesus went through the same thing. He sympathize with you and will give you comfort in the shelter of His arms. Come to Him and enjoy His fellowship. He will never betray you!
    Judas would become an impartial witness of Jesus’ moral excellence. Jesus reacted towards Judas when he came with a host of soldiers to single out Jesus. In Matt 26:50 Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.” He called Judas His friend, although he was betraying him! Salvation was still possible to Judas!
    This shows the beauty of our Savior. He cares and loves us, reaching out at every opportunity to bring us home. We are the ones who bring ourselves destruction for eternity. It isn’t Jesus. The choice is ours to accept Him in our life. Won’t you do that now by answering His call?

  2. Jeff Kline says:

    Another thought on Judas: In Matthew 27, it says Judas repented of betraying Jesus and brought back the silver to the chief priests and elders, and being rebuffed, he hanged himself. Another action of free will. What a tragedy that he did not return to face his brother apostles and beg absolution from them (esp. Peter). Let us pray to God to always be open to receive Mercy (humility) and to bestow Mercy (compassion / generosity / love).

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