Lessons Of A Lifetime

The Pointing Out Of An Imposter
Or
What You Do – Do Quickly
Sunday Jan. 22, 2023

Scripture To Consider:
“When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.’ Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.”

“Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, who Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of who He spoke. Then leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, ‘Lord, who is it?’”

“Jesus answered, ‘It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.’ And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered Judas. Then Jesus said to him, ‘What you do, do quickly.’

“But no one at the table knew for what reason Jesus said this to Judas. For some thought, because Judas held the money box, that Jesus had said to him, ‘Buy those things we need for the feast’, or that he should give something to the poor. Having received the piece of bread, Judas then went out immediately. And it was night.”    John 13.21-30

Something To Consider:
Judas Iscariot has proven to be one of the most perfect pretenders of all times. I have always been amazed at how the disciples were so blind to the imposter play acting of Judas. And yet, no sooner than my placing those words on paper, I am reminded of my own personal imposter role playing at various times in my spiritual journey to and with Jesus.

Therefore, between you and me, we will not go any further in pointing out the imposter profile of Judas or any other unfortunate want-to-be follower of Jesus. But, if there is no true conversion to Christ brought about by true conviction of our personal sin by way of the Holy Spirit, this play acting of Judas may become our personal end of life true story.

Jesus admonished us all in Matthew 18.3, by stating; “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted [spiritually] and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Therefore, are we convinced that we have been spiritually converted? Have we been convicted of our sins and have we truly confessed our sins as well as our turning from our sins?

Jesus continued in verse 4 of Matthew chapter 18, by declaring; “Therefore whoever humbles himself [or herself] as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Which will be said of us at the end of our lives? Will we be forever labeled as an imposter, or as one who humbled themselves and became greatest in the kingdom? Will we become humble or humiliated?

Something Else To Consider:
Let us rather focus on the fact of what Jesus declared to Judas as He passed him the piece of bread that night. “What you do, do quickly.” We all know what it was that Judas did in betraying Jesus for the price of a slave. But what was it that Judas Iscariot could have, or should have done, and in doing should have done quickly?

What is it that we should do or should be doing while here on planet earth? From just the last few lessons of a lifetime, we are commanded to remember what Jesus has done for us. For according to Jesus, speaking of communion, He said; “Do this in remembrance of Me.”

As Jesus washed the disciple’s feet that night in the upper room, Jesus acknowledged, “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” Our doing these things commanded by Jesus is important while keeping in mind; “What you do, do quickly.”

Something More To Consider:
The apostle Paul standing before King Agrippa in Acts chapter 26, boldly proclaimed the gospel by telling Agrippa, “That men should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.” Jesus speaking to the seven churches in Revelation repeated the same message by warning many churches to repent, or else He would come quickly and bring judgment.

Judas should have repented quickly, but he did not. Judas should have confessed his plan and warned Jesus of the impending plot to take Him by force. He should have allowed the words of Jesus to penetrate his heart. But like so many of every generation since, he should have repented of his sins, but he did not! Let us not make the same eternal mistake as did Judas Iscariot.

We too should always allow the words of Jesus to penetrate our hearts and minds. We too must willingly heed the words and observe the commands and teachings of Jesus. We too must take to heart those words spoken in the upper room that night, “What you do, do quickly.”

Whether what we do quickly is to repent of unrighteous acts, or whether that would be doing works befitting repentance. The time is too short, and the end is too near. What we do, we must indeed do quickly! What is it that we are doing right now in our service to our King Jesus? What fruit are we bearing for Jesus and our heavenly father at this moment in our lives?

A Few Final Words:
God speaking through the prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 7.27, affirmed; “Obey My voice [God’s commands], and I will be your God, and you shall be My people.” But many in every generation have refused to obey the commandments of God, and thereby they are living out their brief lives on earth in total rebellion toward the things of God and the Word of God! Let us never be found among the many but rather among the faithful few!

If we are not the faithful few of God, then we become as Judas Iscariot, surrendering our eternal souls to Satan and becoming an earthly imposter in the eternal rank and file of the chief of pretending imposters. Have we willingly betrayed Jesus, and have we become a son or daughter of the father of lies? If so, there may be time for repentance. And if so, that time is running out!

As the end of this earthly age rapidly comes nearer to a close, what should we as spiritual leaders or leaders in training be found doing quickly for God? For according to John’s record, “Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered Judas. Then Jesus said to him, ‘What you do, do quickly.’What is it that we are going to do after reading this lesson of a lifetime?

Prayer:
Our Father in heaven, place upon our hearts the understanding of the shortness of time, for the final harvest is approaching us all. May we be found by You investing our earthly available moments in the enlargement of the kingdom of God. May we be made more into the image of Jesus. In Him Always, Amen!

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