Summary: profile of judas

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I. Intro

A. We’re all familiar with Judas and his horrible act of betrayal.

1. His name is synonymous with a traitor or backstabber.

2. We’re going to look at a biblical profile of Judas and see what we can learn about his life, and death.

3. Read Luke 6:12–16.

12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; 14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, 16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.

II. Luke 6:12–16.

A. A Profile of Judas.

1. He was a member of a good group of people.

2. Judas was counted as one of the original twelve disciples

3. What more elite company can you have?

4. Everywhere he went he was known as one of the twelve.

B. He was close in proximity to Jesus.

1. As an disciple, he was almost always with Jesus.

2. The disciples spent three years with the Lord.

3. Judas saw the power of Jesus in other peoples’ lives.

4. Judas heard the wonderful words of Jesus. (How to be saved)

C. He did not believe Jesus.

1. Read John 6:63–71.

63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.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. 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

2. He did not accept who Jesus said He was.

3. In fact, he would one day turn Jesus over to the authorities.

D. Jesus knew who Judas was.

1. Jesus knew when He chose Judas what he was and what he would do.

2. Jesus knew Judas was not a true believer.

3. Jesus knew who Judas was really serving.

E. Judas was not concerned about the ministry of Jesus.

1. Read John 12:1–6.

1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. 4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

2. Judas put on a front that looked like compassion for the poor people.

3. But he really didn’t care about ministering to poor people.

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