Jasper Church of Christ
Highway 96 South
P.O. Box 151
Jasper, Texas 75951

Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”  And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at Hand;  I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.  “So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them;  and they prepared the Passover.  Then evening had come, He sat down with the twelve.  Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you , one of you will betray Me.”  And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”  He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me.  The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to what man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!  It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”  Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?”  He said to him, “you have said it.” (Matthew 26:17-26)
Though the Lord knew He was about to go to the cross and die for the sins of the world He acknowledged the Passover by celebration with His disciples.   Christ honored God’s plan to over see the Passover feast; to the Jews this was an epic event  which was celebrated annually.   Jesus also revealed a message to the twelve that was disturbing to them;  one of the chosen would betray Christ.  Two people at the table knew the truth of the betrayal;  Christ and Judas.  Perhaps to fit in with the crowd or to sooth his conscience Judas asked, “Rabbi, is it I”?  Jesus responded, “You have said it”.  Our Lord knew Judas was going to betray Him; he knew everything about Him.  In the same manner, He knows everything about us.  You can’t hide the truth from the Son of God.  By all appearances, Judas was following Christ, He was with Christ at the Passover and he was responsible for the treasury.  There was a problem;  it’s not about appearances!  Some may leave the impression they are following Christ but in reality they are not; they are in the right place at the right time but their heart is far from Christ.  As Christians we must be real, genuine and not fake.  Following Christ demands faith that is real and authentic nothing else will be accepted.   I remain your brother, friend and fellow servant, 
                                             Bobby L. South
                                             3 John 2



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