Jesus Did Not Expose Judas

By John Thiel

Satan, A Relationship Wrecker

From seraph to man God created them to be temples for him. The Godhead sought our companionship. We were created, all the intelligent entities were created to have such relationship. The wrecker of relationships was Satan. We will examine his methods so we recognise them when they come to us.

What Lucifer Did In the Harmony of Heaven

Imagine the beautiful harmony that existed there.

So long as all created beings acknowledged the allegiance of love, there was perfect harmony throughout the universe of God. {PP 35.1}

While they acknowledged the allegiance of love, when that was acknowledged and pursued there was harmony.

It was the joy of the heavenly host to fulfill the purpose of their Creator. They delighted in reflecting His glory and showing forth His praise. And while love to God was supreme, love for one another was confiding and unselfish. There was no note of discord to mar the celestial harmonies. But a change came over this happy state. There was one who perverted the freedom that God had granted to His creatures. {PP 35.1}

Little by little Lucifer came to indulge the desire for self-exaltation.. Though all his glory was from God, this mighty angel came to regard it as pertaining to himself. Not content with his position, though honored above the heavenly host, he ventured to covet homage due alone to the Creator. Instead of seeking to make God supreme in the affections and allegiance of all created beings, it was his endeavor to secure their service and loyalty to himself. And coveting the glory with which the infinite Father had invested His Son, this prince of angels aspired to power that was the prerogative of Christ alone. {PP 35.2}

Now the perfect harmony of heaven was broken. Lucifer’s disposition to serve himself instead of his Creator aroused a feeling of apprehension when observed by those who considered that the glory of God should be supreme. {PP 35.3}

There was a feeling of disquietude. There was something wrong. Do you ever come into an atmosphere of such a thing? It’s because Lucifer was there.

In heavenly council the angels pleaded with Lucifer. The Son of God presented before him the greatness, the goodness, and the justice of the Creator, and the sacred, unchanging nature of His law. God Himself had established the order of heaven; and in departing from it, Lucifer would dishonor his Maker and bring ruin upon himself. But the warning, given in infinite love and mercy, only aroused a spirit of resistance. Lucifer allowed his jealousy of Christ to prevail, and became the more determined. {PP 35.3}

He went to the angels and insinuated in their minds things which were an expression of discontent of God. Lucifer was smartly undermining the harmony. It didn’t look as if he was thinking of himself, he thought something better could have been brought in. as we see him undermining and getting a third of the angels on his side, how did God handle it?

The King of the universe summoned the heavenly hosts before Him, that in their presence He might set forth the true position of His Son and show the relation He sustained to all created beings. {PP 36.2}

He called his Son and displayed to the angels the glory of Jesus being one with the Father. The angels probably hadn’t heard that before and they fell down and worshiped.

The angels joyfully acknowledged the supremacy of Christ, and prostrating themselves before Him, poured out their love and adoration. Lucifer bowed with them, but in his heart there was a strange, fierce conflict. Truth, justice, and loyalty were struggling against envy and jealousy. The influence of the holy angels seemed for a time to carry him with them. {PP 36.3}

Love swelled in his heart. That is how God handled it. When there is an insurrection or rebellion as we know, we think we have to handle it and correct these people. But did God do that? All he did was to alleviate the misunderstanding in the mind of this angel by showing the reality but not in a way to reproach Lucifer. He was already hardening himself so God worked to soften his heart and love was aroused in his heart. Here is this object lesson of dealing with wreckers of relationships. There was another example that was among the disciples, the church.

The Disciples And Judas

Among the chosen disciples of Christ there was a representative of Satan. At heart Judas was not a disciple. Often he led the other disciples to form opinions contrary to the teachings of the Master. He criticised Christ’s words, and asked questions that led the minds of the disciples away from the subjects that the Saviour brought before them. {RH, May 12, 1903 par. 12}

What was he doing? Affecting the mind of the others. What should we be doing? We should be thinking of the beautiful things Jesus taught and what does this man do? He asks questions. That is what Sr White calls adroit quizzing. He turned the mind away from that which Jesus wanted them to absorb.

It was because of the influence that Judas exerted to deceive the disciples that Christ had to repeat so many of his lessons. Judas did not come out boldly in opposition to Christ; and therefore he was the better able to deceive the eleven. {RH, May 12, 1903 par. 12}

Among the chosen disciples of Christ there was a representative of Satan. At heart Judas was not a disciple. Often he led the other disciples to form opinions contrary to the teachings of the Master. He criticised Christ’s words, and asked questions that led the minds of the disciples away from the subjects that the Saviour brought before them. It was because of the influence that Judas exerted to deceive the disciples that Christ had to repeat so many of his lessons. {RH, May 12, 1903 par. 12}

We hear wonderful lessons and we enjoy them and then we are distracted by someone turning the mind away from what we are supposed to be looking at. That is what the wrecker of relationships does.

Judas did not come out boldly in opposition to Christ; and therefore he was the better able to deceive the eleven. {RH, May 12, 1903 par. 12}

A Relationship Joy

Jesus was stirring this in the mind of the disciples and it was stirred by this representative of Satan.

From that time he expressed doubts that confused the disciples. He introduced controversies and misleading sentiments, repeating the arguments urged by the scribes and Pharisees against the claims of Christ. All the little and large troubles and crosses, the difficulties and the apparent hindrances to the advancement of the gospel, Judas interpreted as evidences against its truthfulness. {DA 719.2}

These little difficulties that arise here and there, Satan through Judas used to make it look as though we have real trouble here.

He would introduce texts of Scripture that had no connection with the truths Christ was presenting. These texts, separated from their connection, perplexed the disciples, and increased the discouragement that was constantly pressing upon them.. {DA 719.2}

Jesus was right in their midst and this was going on. Undermining negativities, suggestions that turned the mind away from the beauty of the relationship with Jesus.

And while the disciples were searching for evidence to confirm the words of the Great Teacher, Judas would lead them almost imperceptibly on another track. Thus in a very religious, and apparently wise, way he was presenting matters in a different light from that in which Jesus had given them, and attaching to His words a meaning that He had not conveyed. His suggestions were constantly exciting an ambitious desire for temporal preferment, and thus turning the disciples from the important things they should have considered. The dissension as to which of them should be greatest was generally excited by Judas. {DA 719.2}

All the struggles and difficulties the disciples had of what Jesus was teaching them actually came through Judas. As we walk along together in seeking to deal with those inroads that we know we are struggling against, we want to look at how Jesus handled it. Remember how God handled it? Now Jesus comes and shows us. Did Jesus interfere with Judas? No. He permitted him to continue just like the Father in heaven permitted Lucifer to do his work. God was so gracious with Lucifer and look how gracious Jesus was with another relationship wrecker.

Jesus Did Not Expose Judas

Jesus alone could read his secret. Yet He did not expose him. Jesus hungered for his soul. {DA 645.1}

Wouldn’t it have been wise for Jesus to expose him?

He felt for him such a burden as for Jerusalem when He wept over the doomed city. His heart was crying, How can I give thee up? The constraining power of that love was felt by Judas. When the Saviour’s hands were bathing those soiled feet, and wiping them with the towel, the heart of Judas thrilled through and through with the impulse then and there to confess his sin. {DA 645.1}

Judas felt the love just like Lucifer felt God’s love. What did Jesus do? He touched him with a loving touch. He cared for his soul. He didn’t reproach him, he just kept on trying to win him. That is all he could do and of course Judas hardened.

“I have sinned,” again cried Judas, “in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.”. {DA 722.1}

Judas now cast himself at the feet of Jesus, acknowledging Him to be the Son of God, and entreating Him to deliver Himself. The Saviour did not reproach His betrayer.. {DA 722.2}

What? Judas had done the deed and Jesus was suffering under his deception and Judas pleads with him, save yourself from these people and Jesus didn’t reproach him.

He knew that Judas did not repent; his confession was forced from his guilty soul by an awful sense of condemnation and a looking for of judgment, but he felt no deep, heartbreaking grief that he had betrayed the spotless Son of God, and denied the Holy One of Israel. Yet Jesus spoke no word of condemnation. . {DA 722.2}

Usually when you have someone in a corner you think you want to let them have it don’t you. Didn’t you see what you were doing? Jesus did none of that. We are looking at God and his wonderful grace to ever sinner, to those who wreck relationships.

Yet Jesus spoke no word of condemnation. He looked pityingly upon Judas, and said, For this hour came I into the world. {DA 722.2}

All he told him was for this hour I came into the world. He didn’t go into any other expression to Judas.

A murmur of surprise ran through the assembly. With amazement they beheld the forbearance of Christ toward His betrayer. {DA 722.3}

You will see in our next study forbearance is instructed to us as Christians. Here we have an example of it in action. We need to think of the action rather than just the word.

Again there swept over them the conviction that this Man was more than mortal. But if He was the Son of God, they questioned, why did He not free Himself from His bonds and triumph over His accusers? {DA 722.3}

Why didn’t he? Because Jesus had to teach us who believe in him how to deal with those who are the representatives of Satan to win them away from his grip as he was trying to do with Judas. Here are these two case histories of what we are called to. The case history shows how God deals with relationship interferences.

Matthew 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloak also.

5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so?

5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

What are we called to be? As we saw in the case histories, like the Father, like the Son. Here is the plain instruction of dealing with human relationships in the church and home. No matter what I think this other person is doing to me, no matter what is obvious it was done to Jesus by Judas and God by Lucifer, we are called to react as Jesus did in every given situation. There is no excuse for anything else.

John 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

Lucifer received it. Judas received and every human being receives it from God and so as we have received it, what is the call?

We have every encouragement that if we daily surrender our wills to God the promise will be fulfilled, “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16). Every revealing of the grace of Christ in our behalf is for us. We are to reveal His grace in our lives, in thought, word, and deed. . . . We are to represent the mercy, the love, and the power of Christ–the power that He has given us. . . . {HP 188.2}

It is a promise if we will give our wills to God on the subject of relationships. That beautiful grace we have just explored in the activities of God and Jesus toward the relationship wreckers, we are called to do the same thing to start with in our thoughts. If you are not doing it in your thoughts, if we are thinking unhappy thoughts about people, you can’t hide it, it will come out as it was with Lucifer. All heaven was disquieted. This is our only purpose, nothing else. When I see problems in the church I have watched long enough what I’m sharing with you of our Lord and the ability and the learning of that to express grace only is what I have laboured to do and I yearn for every one of us to do it. As soon as you see something that puts your nose out of joint, do not think about it. Don’t enlarge it in your thoughts. Then in word what will you do? Is it easy to do it the way God did it? Is it easy? What do you and I need to succeed in doing it?

Were it not for the power received through Christ we would have no strength. But Christ has all power. “Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, . . . and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” {HP 188.3}

We can’t do these wonderful merciful things. How many times have you fallen flat on your face trying to be like that? Many times I’ve tried and I’ve given a sharp statement and expressed that something got under my skin and I looked back to the Lord and recovered myself quickly. This is our only chance of safeguarding the harmony of heaven and not only safeguarding it but promoting it.

Here is our power, our comfort. Of ourselves we have no strength. But He says, “I am with you alway,” helping you to perform your duty, guiding, comforting, sanctifying, and sustaining you, giving you success in speaking words that will draw the attention of others to Christ and awaken in their minds the desire to understand the hope and meaning of the truth, turning them from darkness to light. . . . {HP 188.3}

Have you ever had someone talk to you darkness and as you hear the darkness you need strength to turn the mind of those talking darkness to you to look to the light of Jesus? This is what God the Father did in turning the attention of Lucifer and Judas to the light of heaven. What they do with that is not our business, all we are to do is gather the strength and joy of God in my heart so as soon as there is a relationship snag and debacle, all I do is turn the mind away.

It is a wonderful thought that human beings can speak the word of God, in simple words of comfort and encouragement. {HP 188.4}

That’s how you handle it.

The humblest instruments will be used of God to sow the seeds of truth, which may spring up and bear fruit, because the one in whose heart they were sown needed help–a kind thought, a kind word, made effective by the One who has said, “Lo, I am with you alway.” {HP 188.4}

Didn’t Judas need help? God sewed the seed to bring it into existence. They need it. I want us to think about this and to determine in our communication to explore and express to one another something that will help you as we are to overcome the enemy by the word of our testimony. By testifying we will keep on embedding in our minds the determination to follow this so that the harmony of heaven is what we are preparing for here.

To us also the promise of Christ’s abiding presence is given. The lapse of time has wrought no change in His parting promise. He is with us today as truly as He was with the disciples, and He will be with us “even unto the end.” . . . {HP 188.5}

It was because Jesus persevered that finally the disciples came through successful. Shall we persevere?

He finds His faithful ones, and holds communion with them, encouraging and strengthening them. And angels of God, that excel in strength, are sent forth by God to minister to His human workers who are speaking the truth to those who know it not. {HP 188.6}

We usually read this statement in reference to what we need to do to the people outside but we need to do the same amongst us. We don’t say negative to people doing things wrong. If they are speaking about things that are not a sabbath topic, don’t tell them not to do that. Talk of the joy of the Lord. That is how Lucifer was revealed that he could come back to God by God showing Jesus. These are the answers. We need to practise it if we don’t we fall into the practise of human relationship wrecking.

Amen.

Posted on March 8, 2011, in Prayer Meeting Sermonettes, Sermons by John Thiel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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