The 26th chapter of Matthew records one of the saddest moments in the life of Christ. Jesus sat in the midst of the people who knew Him best, people who had traveled countless miles and shared many meals with Him. Most of the men who dined with Christ that night were unaware that it would be their last meal with Him, however, one man knew. Judas knew these would be Christ’s final hours for he had already made a deal to betray our Lord. Even in the wake to betray the Lord, Judas still chose to dine with Christ that evening. During the course of the meal Christ made a statement of fact that concerned many of those around Him. “And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” (Matt. 26:21) After hearing this news they all began to ask Christ “Is It I?” (Vs.22) “And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?” Each man, guilty or innocent, had to do some self examination, whether he was the one Christ was speaking of or not. 

        Today we must ask ourselves the same exact question asked that fateful night. “Is It I?” Anytime we open the Word of God and read His instructions for our lives, we need to ask ourselves “Am I guilty of not doing what I should while doing what I shouldn’t?” There are a few specific questions I believe we should ask:

  1. “Is It I…Who does not love God with my all?” Christ said in (Matthew 22:37-38) “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Vs.38) This is the first and great commandment.” God obviously wants the very best we have to offer. He wants our all! Even in the days of old, God commanded us to love Him with every fiber of our being. (Deuteronomy 6:5) “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” We need to ask ourselves, are we loving God with all of our heart? 
  2. “Is It I…Who is slacking in serving the Lord?” In Romans 12, we are told the marks of a true Christian. Among these defining marks is the attitude of accomplishment. The true servant of God is not one who slacks in doing the work of the Lord. (Romans 12:11) “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”  God’s followers have always been known for accomplishing work, even if that work pushes them out of their comfort zones. Do we have that same spirit, or are we satisfied with pushing the Lord’s work off on another servant? We need to ask ourselves, are we busy doing the work of the Lord?
  3. These soul searching questions must be asked by every Christian. Nobody can ask these for you because only you know the truth. When you go to ask yourself “Is It I?” Remember: God knew who betrayed him while they dined that night. Unlike Judas, you still have the opportunity to make things right.
    “Is It I…Who needs to repent of sin in my life?” “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36) This was the cry of Peter after the crucifixion of Christ. “Ye have crucified.” Notice where Peter put the blame. He told them they were all guilty of putting the Lord to death. While they may not have actually driven the nails into His hands, they were all guilty. I find it interesting that this group of people did not make excuses to justify themselves, rather they repented. In today’s world the “blame game” is played all too often when we need to be owning up to our own faults. We need to ask ourselves, do we need to repent of sin in our lives?
  4. These soul searching questions must be asked by every Christian. Nobody can ask these for you because only you know the truth. When you go to ask yourself “Is It I?” Remember: God knew who betrayed him while they dined that night. Unlike Judas, you still have the opportunity to make things right.