I woke up one night feeling uncomfortable because I was cold. There was a blanket at the foot of the bed but I was too sleepy to pull it up. I went around next day with a crick in my neck because I had been too lazy to pull up a blanket. The means of grace are available for all our needs but some of us never stir up ourselves to take hold of God. The remedy is there but it must be applied.
Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
Judas was out of place as an apostle. The other eleven may not have known it, but Jesus was not deceived. “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” “He knew what was in man.” Judas kept up the pretense for several years, and was even treasurer of the twelve. But one day the farce ended and his real self came out, and he ended up where he belonged.
Men always ultimately arrive at their own place. They may be deacons or even stand in pulpits and deceive the people. But there are prepared places for prepared people. There are dwelling-places our Saviour has prepared for His own. There is a lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels. And Judas arrives in time at his proper destination.
Many a Judas out of place goes to great pains to “belong.” He tries to act naturally in the church and pose as a Christian. But the Lord knoweth them that are His, and all others, including some who may have prophesied in His day, must one day depart – for Judas belongs to another place.