Kevin Welborn | @theKevinWelborn
I don’t have a nemesis. Some days, I want a nemesis. At least an archenemy. Archenemies are typically less diabolical than nemesises. Nemesisises…nemesisi. What is the plural of nemesis? It doesn’t matter, I am certain that no one is allowed more than one nemesis.
Anyway, if I had a nemesis I would at least always have something to do. If I was bored, I could just conjure up some scheme that would antagonize my rival. When shenanigans happened, people would just comment, “Oh, it’s just Kevin and the Bad Guy again”. Were a nemesis to be had, make no mistake that tomfoolery and escapades would be a certainty.
The real truth is that I do not want an enemy. Much less an archenemy. Now, I know that the Bible calls Satan “the enemy”, but I mean that I do not want another human being to be my enemy. I am also aware that preaching the Gospel of Jesus will be very offensive to some.
But to have a bona fide enemy? That is a heavy thought.
What if you had one? How would you treat him/her? What would you think about him/her?
Maybe you are more spiritual than me and you would show them kindness, but I know some of you would find that difficult.
Jesus had enemies. For the sake of today’s discussion, let’s focus on one. Judas Iscariot, the betrayer. Judas and Jesus ran in the same group for years, so we know that Judas witnessed many miracles that Jesus performed. The Bible also says that Judas held the money bag for the disciples and describes Judas as a thief.
We all know how Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, which was a decent sum of money, but far from being extreme wealth. After the dirty deed was done, Judas regretted his treachery and wanted to give the money back, yet his offer was refused.
Judas’ life came to an unfortunate end when he hanged himself.
In Dante’s Divine Comedy (which isn’t hilarious, btw), Judas occupies the deepest level of Hell along with a handful of the scummiest scumbags to ever walk planet Earth. Few will find a good thing to say about Judas, not even the slickest campaign manager could spin Judas into a positive, electable figure.
Let me pose a question, what is your price? Judas was bought for thirty pieces of silver, for that amount he was willing to hand over one of his closest friends, a friend he had witnessed feed thousands with little and made lame men walk. Lepers were cleansed in the sight of Judas and yet he was willing to hand Jesus to His enemies for a paltry sum.
Are you and I so different?
I serve Jesus with more vigor and willingness when things are easy. Never have I felt that my life was in danger because of my faith in Christ. Many among us talk of Jesus because it is financially or politically expedient.
How much hardship would it take for you to abandon the Lord?
Have you not seen the miracles of Jesus in your own life? Salvation for one, answered prayer another, perhaps a miraculous healing. Even so, we are quick to betray Jesus by removing Him from His rightful place on the throne of our lives.
Therefore, be slow to sneer and roll your eyes at Judas, and be more careful to make certain that your undivided allegiance is to Jesus. He is Lord and alive forevermore. Booyah. I mean, amen!
Kevin Welborn is the pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Clovis, NM. He is married and has two daughters. He loves his native Texas, sports, and exploring creation. The most famous person he has ever met is someone you have never heard of. You can contact Kevin on Twitter at @theKevinWelborn.
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