Unlimited: Better If He Had Not Been Born
Apr 12, 2021 1575
It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with 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 (Mark 14:20–21, NIV).”
Jesus announced that one of the disciples there with him would betray him.
One by one, they have all denied that it could possibly be them.
But in the face of a million denials, the Word of Jesus remains true and will always be fulfilled.
So, Jesus repeated what he told them.
Jesus assured his disciples that what he said was true: that one of them would betray him. It was one of those with whom he shared this meal.
Jesus reminded them of prophecy from the Scriptures to make his point to the disciples. Jesus always saw his life as part of a bigger picture, in the context of God’s great plan for the world. It is this reality that comforts him as he announced this distressing news to his disciples.
Sadly, now as then, it is true that Christ’s greatest enemies are often within. Too often the church is trying to find the enemy “out there” “in the world.” But tragically Christ’s greatest enemies are often hidden under cloaks of apparent piety and righteousness.
What Jesus said about Judas is very striking. “It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
You have to take Jesus’ words seriously. Imagine a situation where a life is completely wasted, not just now, but for eternity! It’s a devastated thought.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Will your life have eternal value? Think about it carefully. Pray about it. Do you need to make any changes?