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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Who Do You Choose Jesus To Be

In a recent sermon my pastor read about Judas agreeing to betray Jesus. Matthew 26: 22-25, "They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, 'Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?' Jesus replied, 'The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.' Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, 'Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?' Jesus answered, 'You have said so.'”


When we refer to Jesus as Lord, we are saying He is the Lord of our life - our Savior. Judas did not say, Lord like the other disciples did. Judas said, "...you don't mean me, Rabbi" which means teacher. If we are honest we often find ourselves loving having a Savior but do we really want Him as the Lord of our life?


Matthew 26: 47-50, "Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: 'The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.' Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, 'Greetings, Rabbi!' and kissed him. Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.' Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him." Again, after Judas betrayed Jesus, he said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" Not Lord. When Jesus replied He called Judas, "friend". Jesus is more than your Lord, He is more than your Savior. The Bible tells us that Jesus calls you His friend. John 15: 15, "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." He never leaves you nor forsakes you. He is completely faithful. We have a friend in Jesus!



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