Summary: We need to deal with the enemy’s attacks the way Jesus did.
Dealing With Evil the Messiah's Way
Text: Matt. 26:47-56
1. Illustration: The attack [of Pearl Harbor] took place [December 7, 1941] on a sunny Sunday morning. A minimal contingent of soldiers was on duty at the time. Most offices on the base were closed and many servicemen were on leave for the weekend. New technology, including the new radar mounted on Opana Point, were in place, manned and functioning at the time of the attack. The incoming Japanese attack planes were detected by the radar and reported, but were mistaken for an incoming group of American planes due from the mainland that morning. While on practice maneuvers outside the harbor that morning, an American destroyer spotted a Japanese submarine attempting to sneak into the harbor. The submarine was fired upon, immediately reported — and ignored (www.U-S-history.com)
2. Despite these and many other warnings, Pearl Harbor faced great loss that day. The losses and ill preparedness came from one major cause…no one believed it could really happen.
3. We are in spiritual warfare. Sometimes we call it a bad day or blame it on mean people, but many times we are under heavy assault from the devil.
4. The question is, how are we going to deal with it?
5. Sometimes it will come from...
a. Unexpected Places
b. We can choose to combat in the natural
c. We can choose to combat it in the Spirit
6. Let's stand together as we read Matt. 26:46-57
Proposition: We need to deal with the enemy’s attacks the way Jesus did.
Transition: First we need to realize that they attacks can come from...
I. Unexpected Places (47-49).
A. One of the Twelve
1. There were two problems with Pearl Harbor.
a. We thought the relationship with Japan was friendly. In fact, during WWI we were allies.
b. We didn't think they would attack us.
2. This is a great illustration of what sometimes happens to us in the spiritual realm. Sometimes the devil uses those close to us when he attacks us.
3. This great truth is illustrated for us in the account of Jesus' arrest and betrayal.
4. Matthew tells us, "And even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests and elders of the people."
a. Judas left Jesus and the others during the Last Supper in the Upper Room to finish making arrangements for the betrayal.
b. The garden was a favorite meeting place for Jesus and the disciples, so Judas knows where to find him. He arrives with a large crowd of armed personnel.
c. Matthew highlights the treachery by referring to Judas as “one of the Twelve.”
d. This is insider betrayal, an unbelievable exploitation of a trusted relationship.
e. Judas was one of the twelve apostles, a disciple, a supposed follower of the Lord.
f. Just a few hours before, that very evening, he had been sitting at the table of the Lord eating bread with Him.
g. Now, ever so quickly, he had turned away and had actually taken the lead in betraying the Lord.