One of you is a devil!
(J.R. Miller, "The Shining Light" 1911)
"Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!" John 6:70
In studying the character and the sin of Judas, the following lessons may be brought out:
1. We must not be surprised if some unregenerate men enter the Church, for even among the twelve apostles, was one Judas.
2. It is no proof that Christianity is untrue, when some of its professors prove hypocrites. The defection of Judas did not leave a stain on the name of Christ, nor did it disprove the loyalty and fidelity of the other disciples.
3. One may be very near to Christ — and yet not be made holy in character. Judas was three years with Christ, heard His words, lived in the atmosphere of His love — and remained unchanged. An empty bottle, tightly sealed, may lie long in the ocean and continue perfectly dry within. Just so, a heart sealed to Christ's love, may lie in His bosom for years and not be blessed.
4. Sin grows, and we never can know to what terrible extent a wicked thought or desire may reach!