Day 231

Your reputation starts to matter about the time you enter junior high school.  One rumor can either make or break your year.  There are lots of things that you wouldn’t want to be known for, but one thing that could leave you friendless was people finding out that you were “two-faced.”

Two faced – When someone is nice to your face, but talks trash about you behind your back.  Having two faces.  Deceitful or hypocritical.

I don’t know if there were any girls at my school that weren’t two faced!  Even I talked about my “friends” behind their backs sometimes.  It’s a pretty common thing among immature people.

Judas is by far the most famous two-faced person that has ever lived.

In Matthew 26:15 you can read about his agreement to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, equivalent to about 25 bucks.  Then, in verse 21 Jesus tells his disciples at the last supper that someone will betray him.  Judas has the nerve to ask, “Rabbi, is it I?” knowing full well that he was exactly who Jesus was talking about.  Jesus confirms, “You have said it.”  That had to have been a very awkward moment!  Judas stayed for communion and then later that night he led a mob of men armed with swords and clubs to the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest Jesus.

Matthew 26:49 Immediately he (Judas) went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

Seriously, the nerve of that guy!  He greets Jesus with a customary kiss and then says, “Greetings, Rabbi!” which is a way of wishing someone health, prosperity and happiness.  He said one thing to Jesus with his mouth, but with his heart he was saying something totally different.  In his heart he was saying, 25 bucks is worth more to me than your life.  He didn’t really wish health, prosperity, and happiness for Jesus, or he wouldn’t have given him up to an angry, armed multitude.

What Jesus says next is one of the most touching things in the whole Bible.

Matthew 26:50 Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.” Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.

Jesus called Judas “My friend” with his mouth, but he also called Judas “My friend” in his heart.  Jesus has never been or will never be two-faced.  If He says something, He means it 100% of the time.  He’s not sarcastic.  He doesn’t say one thing and mean another.  There is no shadow of turning in Him!  He changes not, His compassions they fail not!

Jesus was not Judas’ friend, but Judas was Jesus’ friend.  Judas proved that he was a two-faced, deceitful, immature, hypocrite, yet Jesus still loved Him and called Him friend.

It doesn’t matter what your past looks like, what mistakes you will make in the future, or if you’ve acted like Judas and said one thing to Jesus with your mouth, but said something different with your heart… Jesus has called you friend.

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Jesus has only one face and that face loves you with an immeasurable love!

  1. Jesus is not two-faced.
  2. Jesus calls me friend.
  3. Jesus loves me with an immeasurable love.
  4. His compassions they fail not!
  5. Enjoying reading and studying the Easter story.
  6. Breakfast in bed with my kiddos.
  7. Morning power nap.
  8. Had to stay home from church this weekend because Beau was not feeling well, but we didn’t miss the awesome message by Pastor Robert… Yay for live streaming!
  9. The extra time at home this morning gave me an opportunity to get all caught up on things around the house.
  10. A nice, hot bath seemed to make Beau feel better.
  11. PJs all day.
  12. Makeup free day.
  13. Camp socks.
  14. Sunshine!
  15. Got all of the footage for Beau’s birthday video edited… so close to being finished!
  16. Beau went back to sleep after she woke up 30 minutes into her nap… she really needed the rest, so I’m glad she got a full two hours in.
  17. Good old fashions wooden blocks.
  18. Fresh cans of Play-Doh!
  19. Got to try a new recipe for lasagna.  It was a lot of work, but everyone liked it.
  20. Monster’s Inc. movie night.  It made me want to get on a plane, fly to Disneyland and ride the ride over and over again.
  21. A friend shared a video of her daughter singing the songs she’s been learning at church.  So cute and so awesome to know she is soaking it all in.
  22. Two of my dear friends who both live in Tulsa but have never met got to meet today at their church!
  23. Early to bed catching up on some of our shows night!
  24. My dad made an awesome highlight reel of Gus’ first football practice.
  25. 3 more days of having a one year old!
  26. The ability to write from the comfort of my bed.
  27. The Mr. Books.  Gus loves those crazy books.  Mr. Grumpy was a fun read tonight.