One of you is a devil.

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.

I cannot imagine how Jesus felt as he watched those who were following him suddenly walk away. You can sense a feeling of rejection in his words as he speaks to the Twelve. Peter responds and speaks what many of them, and many of us, feel about Jesus. His words are like no others and his character is matchless. Jesus is an inspiration to everyone and anyone who really hears his words and observes his actions. There is no one and no place to go because there has never been, and never will be, anyone like the Lord Jesus.

Yet today, and even way back then, a few of those who Jesus chooses turn their backs on him. It is a sobering fact that Judas was there and "personally" heard him speak and watched him do miraculous things. Likewise many of those who walked away that day "personally" saw and heard those same things. Their actions teach us that it is not about what we see and hear with our heads that matter but those things that we embrace deep in our hearts. It always has been and always will be.

You have the words of life Lord Jesus. You are the Holy One of God.

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