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A Poor Portfolio

March 30

  “ But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth ME is with ME on the table.  Luke 22:21


"That is not only a poor exchange rate, it is the epitome of investor fraud!"






To betray you is to know you; for the betrayer must have the trust of his betrayed for him to turn  his back.  No one has ever been betrayed by an apparent enemy: "For it was not an enemy that reproached ME; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated ME that did magnify himself against ME; then I would have hid MYSELF from him: But it was thou, a man MINE equal, MY guide, and MINE acquaintance.  We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of GOD in company."  And truly, no one has ever been betrayed like CHRIST.  David again foretelling the treachery of Judas, writes in the 41st Psalm: "Yea, MINE own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of MY bread, hath lifted up his heel against ME."  Matthew and Mark both record that he went so far as to dip his hand into the dish with the LORD.  If CHRIST was to take the dagger of every man's sin to the heart, it would have to come at arm's length.

Matthew describes the scene a few hours later as JESUS finishes praying for the strength to face HIS betrayer and the inevitability of Golgotha: "Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray ME.  And while HE yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.  Now he that betrayed HIM gave them a sign, saying, whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is HE: hold HIM fast.  And forthwith he came to JESUS, and said, hail, MASTER; and kissed HIM.  And JESUS said unto him, friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on JESUS, and took HIM."

Doubtless Judas' betrayal was linked to his unconverted state; but there are similarities in our day, i.e., an entire vein of professing churchgoers (and many non-attendees), who have befriended JESUS, but have never been born of HIM.  Masses, like Judas, endure being close to the LORD, but will auction off intimacy at the drop of a silver dollar.  Their association with the SAVIOR of the world is considered a commodity, and at the opportune time, HE is awarded to the highest bidder.  To the modern day Iscariot, CHRIST is SOMEONE to exploit, not embrace. 

How is your eternal portfolio?  Are all your eggs in one basket regarding this life and the one to come?  Judas took the investment of his FRIEND and diversified it among men; and eternal bliss with GOD was bartered away for 30 pieces of the mint of men.  That is not only a poor exchange rate, it is the epitome of investor fraud!

"And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself."

For Love of Country
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(June 14, 1954)
"In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."

(upon adding: "under GOD" to the Pledge of Allegiance, and signing it into law)

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