“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father ‘s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “ Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “ I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
The Christian life is not meant to be one of worry. Do you believe there is a God? Most people do. If you believe in God, believe in Jesus. He is preparing a future for those who trust in Him. That’s the best definition of “heaven” there is “where I am you may be also,” and the opposite is hell. You don’t need to understand all the details, like Thomas wanted to know, you just need to put your faith in Jesus.
Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.
Peter, unlike Judas, became a pillar of the church. He upheld Jesus, the rock upon which Christianity stands! But it wasn’t always that way. Peter said he would never deny Jesus. Peter pledged his life for his Lord… and as soon as he was given an opportunity, Peter denied Jesus. So what happens when faith doesn’t work? You have a choice, you can be Judas and go on and walk away from Jesus, or you can be Peter. Peter went out and wept bitterly. Jesus came and restored Peter. When you fall, when you backslide, when you doubt… you get to choose. Will you be Judas or Peter? When your faith fails, get back up! God didn’t call you because you’re perfect, he won’t walk away from you when you mess up.
Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.
We’ve all probably heard the old cliche “the Devil made me do it.” Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, and the Devil blamed God. We like to put the blame on someone else. Our childhood, the way we were raised, our parents, a former pastor, a church you used to attend, it’s always someone else’s fault why you don’t follow Jesus. Actually, we’re each responsible for our own actions. Even Judas, the Devil, Satan himself, entered into Judas and that’s why he betrayed Jesus… yet, Judas went down to destruction because of what he did. “the Devil made me do it” isn’t really an excuse. Follow Jesus, no excuses, just start following Him today.
And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus initiated the New Covenant in His blood. He gave His disciples his body to eat. Except, it was just bread and wine. When Jesus was talking about these elements, He wasn’t saying that the bread was or would become his physical body, He wasn’t somehow transforming the wine into His actual blood, it is a symbol. Just as baptism is symbolic of death, burial, and resurrection, so too, the Lord’s Supper is a symbol of the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31. It’s through His death we have life, it’s about believing in Jesus’ sacrifice, not about what you eat or drink…
Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
I don’t know if Judas was anti-Jesus. Maybe he believed in him at first. Perhaps he didn’t think he was getting anything from Jesus, or at least, he wanted to check his options. “what will you give me.” Why do you follow whom you follow? Why do you go to the church you attend? Is it because of what they give you? That’s a dangerous road to walk down. Follow Jesus, trust Him.