Summary: Don’t tell me money can by happiness. 30 pcs of silver. What was he thinking?
JUDAS, JUDAS, JUDAS
Jesus has just finished washing the disciple¡¦s feet. He sits at the last supper table for a meal with them and the following takes place.
13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
What an understatement ¡§Jesus was troubled in spirit¡K¡¨
And why wouldn¡¦t He be?
„h Within a few hours lay one of the most gruesome attacks that man could place on the human body.
„h The Garden of Gethsemane, wrestling with his strongest opponent, His will.
„h The Judgment Hall, mockery trial.
„h The cross and Calvary, where the murder took place.
„h And then being placed in the grave.
But with John¡¦s account of the story, all of these things seem to take a back seat to one detail, the treachery of a friend.
Though He said in Matt 17:22 ¡§The Son of man shall be betrayed¡K¡¨
The agony that was brought about here to trouble Him in spirit was due to the fact that it was a friend.
Have you ever beeen betrayed by what you thought was a friend? I have and it hurts a lot.
(Isaiah calls Jesus) a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
He was a man, who knew the sorrow of loneliness,
5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
He was a man, who knew the sorrow of disappointment,
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not¡K
He knew the sorrow of rejected love,
¡§how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!¡¨
He knew the sorrow of losing a friend,
35 Jesus wept .
Yet it was this sorrow of being betrayed and sold by a friend that caused Him to be trouble in His spirit.
Though he chose 12 men to be His pupils, disciples, students, and friends, those whom He would instruct with the gospel news of salvation, one of them has betrayed and sold Him away.
Some of you may relate to this by having experienced betrayal in your marriage. How crushing it was when you found out. Many have loss of apatite, sleep, and cry many tears.
Let¡¦s talk about the destruction of betrayal.
„h Judas Iscariot: Known for one thing, He sold the Lord away.
„h No one names their children after this man.
„h He will always br known for this one deed.
Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
„h His name will always be synonymous with shame.
„h Because of his shame he hangs himself.
The words of Jesus ring true,
good were it for that man if he had never been born .
How many funerals have you attended of people whom have died that all you can remember about them is that they were manipulators, deceivers, liars, thieves, drunkards, or adulterers?
Is that the way you want to be remembered?
You may say that no one knows about my sin. Maybe not, but that won¡¦t give you any comfort in Hell.
How did Judas become an apostle?
Have you ever wondered why?
What was Jesus thinking?
Some say that Jesus chose Judas because He needed a traitor as a part of the scheme of things.
Others say that Jesus was deceived by, Judas.
They say Jesus ¡§emptied Himself ¡§ of His omniscience when He came to the earth. He just didn¡¦t know.
Oh! But He knew.
64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.