Solving the Questions of Faith
There is a tone of departure in his words. Jesus seems to linger with his apostles as long as possible. It reminds me of how one person at an airport will linger with a friend or relative until they almost miss the plane. "These things I have told you while remaining with you." After a little while the world will behold me no more..." "I will go away, but I will come to you."
It had been in some ways a long night. Jesus had shared the Last Supper with his disciples. He had washed their feet. He had predicted the betrayal of Judas Iscariot. He had shared with them that he was going to die. He had sought to comfort them. He shared his oneness with the Father. And he rehearsed the role of the Spirit after his departure.
It seems reasonable to assume that his disciples did not thoroughly understand all that they had heard. In fact, they misinterpreted much of what they heard. This Judas was identified not as Judas Iscariot.
This was not the same man that had left the house earlier. He wanted clarification of what Jesus had been talking about.
Notice with me Judas Thaddeus and his desire to solve the questions of faith.
1. HIS POSITION
1. He is basically unknown. We know a little about him. But that is all. In Luke 6:16, Luke is listing the 12. In verse 16 he says, "Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor." This Judas is to be distinguished from Iscariot.
We also know that he was the son of James. Which James? (Probably a James that is not mentioned outside this context in the New Testament.)
Luke gives this Judas another name; Thaddaeus which means courageous or lion-hearted. He is also called Lebbaeus. These names are added for the sake of clarity and for the protection of the memory of Judas the greater.
2. He is basically unseen. He is mentioned in the lists of the 12. And he is mentioned in our text. He is usually ment ...
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