The day before all the disciples' was With Jesus Christ to take part in Last Super. It was the time when the Judas Iscariot the dinner and started his mission to take revenge of that was said by the Lord Jesus Christ We presume that Jesus was well aware of the attitude of Judas Iscariot but not aware of the action he will take against Jesus Christ. After this Super Jesus went to alone place to pray. It was the place or we can say the Garden at the distance of half an hour walk.
ON THE NIGHT in which He was betrayed by Judas, Jesus offered a prayer which is recorded in gospel of John. It was the time when measurable events started in the life of the "son of God", who was sent by God to save human being.
" Those that Thou gavest me I have kept and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition;" Of all the characters who march across the stage of Bible history there is non so tragic nor so despicable as that of Judas Iscariot. A poet described him as:
The base Judean who flung a pearl away
Richer than all his tribr."
There is something horrible about the way he betrayed Christ with a kiss. One preacher has described it as, "The hiss of a kiss."
Not the least of all the darksome aspects of his life is the way he died. There is a mystery of horror about this character which makes him typical of all the dastardly traitors of all the ages. Even Jesus said of him, " it would have been good had he never been born."
Thomas De Quincey, in his essay on Judas Iscariot, he describes him as one who actually loved Jesus and only hung himself because his scheme for forcing Jesus into political leadership against Rome misfired and Jesus himself was accidentally put to death. The only trouble with this and other recent Attempts to white wash the character Of Judas is that Jesus Himself rejected his interpretation before Judas even betrayed Him. Jesus said, “Have I not chosen you twelve, and yet one of you is a devil? (John 6:70).
“ The son of Man goeth as it is written of Him but woe unto that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It had been good for that man if he had not been born.”(Matt. 26:24)
Many of us are betraying our Lord Jesus and put Him on Cross. Being Christian follow Christ. See your Christ on the Cross. He has forgiven you of your sin and call you to follow Him and enjoy everlasting peaceful Life after death. You have dedicated your life Christian fellowship . Read Bible every day and strengthen your way of Life.
The lord's high priestly prayer "that they all ma be One" continue to motivate various ecumenical efforts among denominations, but much more should it motivate is concerning Anglicans' who informally speak of ourselves not as Churches but as jurisdictions. After all, what we officially claim in common... the Faith, our title deeds, our heritage and until so recently, history, Holy Orders, prayer Book, constitution, Canons and Rules, what we do not share. The Lord Jesus Christ call you to meditate during this Lenten Season and repent if going in wrong track.
So, why are we divided into some about two dozens jurisdictions of which perhaps a quarter a authentically Anglican and many others are to some degree either old Catholic or new creations.
Many reasons have been propose, although since nothing has been done about them they are excuses more than reasons. Most implicates members of the Clergy and most are one form o another of plain sin. Personal ambition, pride, jealousy or another of plain sin. Personal ambition, pride arrogance and stubbornness have all contributed to our divisions. More particularly there have been games of one gunmanship and of playing Churchl there has been scandal of divorced and remarried Bishops; there has been countenancing and reconsecrarations shich are an attack upon the very nature of Holy Orders; there has been sheep stealing and the splitting of congregations for personal reasons and thw all too easy movement of congregations from one jurisdiction to another to circumvent duly constituted authority and discipline. There has been the casual receiving of clergymen from other traditions. Some are not Anglican baptized and confirm members and posing themselves Anglican Bishops without proper knoeledge of traditional "Book of Common Prayer" Such Anglicans are only selling consecrated Anglican properties for their own interest and not to deposit money in Anglican Church Account. They do not follow the Constitution, Canons and Rules of Anglican Cummunion. They have opportunity to repent before God Almighty during the Lenten Season. We must pray for such persons.
It is glorious Biblical Catholic and Apostolic Faith that Traditional Anglicans are called to believe and proclaim the truth of the family of Christ of which are members through our Baptism, Confirmation and fed with the food of Heaven in Holy Communion.
God be with you during this Lent and bless you thriugh eternal Life in Christ.
Archbishop John Hepworth
Traditional Anglican Communion