Desperate Cases and Lost Causes

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Luke 6:16

Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.


In this passage the list of Jesus’ twelve Disciples is presented. The list ends with the two Judases. One is Judas son of James and the other Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. Judas son of James is also referred to as Thaddeus.


No two people in the Bible could have been more different than the two men with the same name mentioned in this verse. Yes, they had the same name and they were both members of Jesus original “Band of 12,” but that’s where the comparison ends. Most everyone knows that Judas Iscariot is the one who betrayed Jesus for “30 Pieces of Silver.” His name is synonymous with the word traitor. Then there is Judas son of James. He was a follower of Jesus, a disciple, and wholly committed to the proclamation of the Gospel. Consequently, he was martyred with an axe in Beirut, along with “Simon the Zealot, in AD 65. He has been labeled the Patron Saint of “Desperate Cases and Lost Causes.” What a ministry! No one could’ve been more desperate or lost than his friend Judas Iscariot. Sometimes the answer you’re searching for and the help you need is sitting right next to you. Perhaps he or she even bears your name. Between the two Judases, I want to be known as the person who helps “Desperate Cases and Lost Causes.”


Dear Jesus,

I’m asking You today to send me to a desperate case and a lost cause. I am Your man! Amen

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