Today’s Scripture: Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? John 14:22
Today we will look at the life of Thaddaeus, also called Joses, Jude, and Judas. He was the brother of James the Less (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13); their mother was one of the ladies who watched the crucifixion in horror. (Matt. 27:56)
In John 14, Christ explained that the person who loves Him will keep His commandments, and if you love Him, then the Father will manifest Himself to you. Thaddaeus asked a very important question: how will Christ manifest Himself to us and not to the world?
Christ answered by restating that if you love Him, you will keep His words. He went on to talk about how the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) will teach us all things, and bring to remembrance the things we have been taught. (John 14:26) This is a blessing every believer has.
The Spirit is how Christ manifests Himself to us, and not to the world. When we are explaining the Gospel, we need to remember that we have the Spirit teaching us the Word of God, and they do not. So be patient with them and explain to them the Gospel as clear as possible. Since we have the Spirit with us, we also need to resolve to walk in the Spirit.
Many believe that Thaddaeus wrote the book of Jude. According to tradition, he was crucified for preaching the Gospel.1 His life obviously became led by the Spirit. Will you decide today to follow the Spirit?
1John Foxe, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Chapter 1, XI. Jude
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.