Morning Devotion: read Acts 1

Acts 1:15  And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16  Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17  For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18  Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19  And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20  For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

After Jesus ascended the disciples thought they should replace Judas who had committed suicide for betraying the Lord.

Judas was numbered or part of the twelve disciples. He was the one that betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ turning Him over to the Sanhedrin, the religious leaders of that time.

John 6:70  Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71  He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

Speaking about Judas, Jesus said: John 13:18  I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

Let me be very clear about this thing of betrayal, there will come, in the end times, those who will betray their brothers and sisters for their own cause or thinking they are pleasing to God.

John 16:1  These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3  And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

Luke 21:16  And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

Paul, whose name was Saul before He got saved, did the same thing.

Acts 8:1  And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

After His conversion he had some great things to say; he being a former persecutor knew the truth.

2 Timothy 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

As we read through this great book we will find much persecution, but know this; the church always grows in persecution.

Judas betrayed the Lord, and we are no different when it comes to living for Christ Jesus.

John 15:18  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

You know what makes it worth it all? Jesus. Knowing Jesus is the greatest relationship anyone can have. We have the living and true God within our hearts. That makes all the difference in the world.

The disciples suffered for their faith in Christ, they did so because they knew He was God in the flesh and their personal Saviour. If He were anything else, they would never have suffered so.

My friend, when you know Jesus, truly know Jesus, you will understand how powerful that is.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook