Character Flaws


Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.) John 6:70-71

This is an important verse in the New Testament because it subtly reveals a somewhat different character vantage point than we’ve seen before. I’ve considered this verse for a long time (years) and I’m still amazed by it. Here is the all knowing Son of God knowingly choosing Judas Iscariot to be one of the twelve disciples. Jesus knew the outcome but He chose Him anyway.Some would even say that it was a character flaw of Jesus. Well, being the perfect Son of God there was no flaw in Him, so it must have been something else.

We can speculate about this all we want but the bottom line is, one of Jesus’ closest disciples was not a good man. He hid it well among the others, and even fooled them into thinking he cared about the poor and disadvantaged.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,
“Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” John 12:4-5

There will be people among you that “play a good game” but you don’t know them really. I’ve said it numerous times in this space, but people are not always what they seem. That can be a positive and a negative because some are better than they seem and some are worse. It seems like I’m saying that we shouldn’t trust people, but I’m not. It’s just that we should not be surprised when we see others do things that are out of the ordinary.

Likewise, we are not always what we seem and what we portray to the world.

It should and does bring us to our knees because God knows every little thing about us, just as Jesus knew about Judas’ moral character flaws.


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