John 17:12 (KJV), “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled”
Jesus told a story in Matthew 22 about a king who organized a wedding party for his son and invited some special guests. He had spent a fortune on assorted meals and drinks and had decorated the venue gorgeously to fit his class. Sadly though, the invited guests all turned down his invitation as though planned, and some even beat and killed his messengers.
The king’s meal and effort however must not be wasted, he thus asked that any and everyone that can be found be invited for the party until the hall is full. But as the party began, the king saw a man without the wedding costume and asked, “Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?” The man, glued to his seat couldn’t mutter a word. He was thrown out of the wedding to the place of pain and weeping because he was not dressed for the wedding.
From today’s text, we see that Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ disciples, became the son of perdition. Like that man without the wedding costume, he was numbered with the twelve disciples of the Lamb but lost his place because he insisted on remaining the old man he was before he met Jesus; all the time he spent with Jesus did not kill greed and lust in him.
The man in today’s story found his way into the wedding venue, got a seat, and was waiting for the king to begin the party, but was later thrown out because he was not properly dressed.
You are permitted to come the way you are to Jesus and He will welcome you, but if you must remain in Him and enjoy the benefits, you will have to let Him change and conform you to His nature. If you refuse to be changed by him, you will be thrown out eventually like the man in our story. Unfortunately, this happens when there’s no longer a chance to repent.
Prayer: Father, I submit myself to your disciplines and corrections. Sanctify me and make me ready for Christ’s return. Amen.
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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