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March 14, 2004
Mark 14:1, 10-11
“Now that Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some sly way to arrest Jesus and kill him.”
“Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.”
One of the most dramatic moments of The Passion is the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. It is what sets in motion the events of Jesus arrest, trial and crucifixion. There are some key thoughts behind the betrayal that help us understand some personal truths about our own lives.
These are some fundamentals that we need to establish in order to fully understand that Judas was not alone in his betrayal of Christ.
1) All sin is a betrayal of Christ.
“the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.”
2) We have all been guilty of betrayal.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
I John 1:8
What About Judas?
Judas was a disciple. He was close to Jesus, but ultimately he turned Jesus over to the authorities.
“Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.” Mark 14:10-11
Judas plotted with the religious leaders to have Jesus arrested. There are many questions about this event and the meaning behind it. Today we are going to look at two theories and two facts to help us reach a conclusion about Judas’ betrayal.
Theory #1- Greed: This is the belief that money is what drove Judas. (We can see that in
fact that the plot was hatched after the woman spent a large amount
of money to anoint Jesus.)
All sin is ultimately a sin of greed or pride. It is getting our desires and fulfilling our plans instead of the plans and desires of God.
Theory #2- Misguided Zealotry: This is the most noble theory- (Basically it says that
Judas was trying to force Jesus to rise up as a Messiah)
Why would the messiah talk of dying? Maybe if forced to stand trial he will rise up to rule. Nothing in scripture indicates the motive for Judas.
Fact #1: This was a fulfillment of prophecy.
“I told them, ‘ If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.’ So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.” Zechariah 11:12
Fact #2: Satan put the plan in his heart.
“Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.” Luke 22:3
Isn’t that how Satan works in our lives? Doesn’t he plant a seed of thought or doubt and bring temptation in front of us so that we stumble?
The motive for sin doesn’t matter; it is still a betrayal of Christ.
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