Summary: Adversity is the birthing ground for success.

There is always a Judas

House of Judah Ministries

Pastor James Thomas

Matt 26:14

Matt 26:14 14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Mark 14:43-49 44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.

45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.

46 And they laid their hands on him, and took him.

47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?

49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

Judas of Iscariot a name that has been associated with betrayal and trouble and backs stabbing and deceitfulness. Judas whom Jesus chose himself, as one of his very own disciples, an apostle a priest a man of GOD.

Luke speaks of Judas in Acts 1:16 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David space before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus Most people would like to jump on Judas and call him wicked and call him the lowest of the apostles today I am not going to jump on Judas filled a need at a time when the church needed leaders. The church had an empty office because one of its leaders had died a tragic death. And note, Judas had been a leader; he had held one of the highest positions, that of being treasurer for the Lord Himself. The thing about being Judas is that Jesus allowed him to hold the money Judas was Jesus’ treasurer. Everyone knows you don’t allow the person you don’t trust to hold the money…Judas will always be quick to criticize and talk about people.

When Mary anointed Jesus feet with the spikard oil it was Judas who jumped up and said why was not this oil sold for 300 pence and given to the poor. Judas will never attack you but he will attack those around you in your defense…Hypocrite— Betrayer— Apostate: there was the hypocritical, unbelieving disciple. This was Judas. A study of Judas’ character in these verses reveals what it is that often causes a disciple to become hypocritical and unbelieving.

1.Judas followed Jesus, but he criticized other believers. He was a professing believer, but when he disagreed with others, he criticized them. He criticized even those who had great devotion and love for the Lord. Mary was criticized and many of those who repented.

2.Mark pointed out that Judas was especially strong in his criticism. He says that Judas was indignant, growling, rebuking, scolding (Mark 14:4-5).Mark in 14-4-5says that Judas was indignant barking and rebuking Mary. Judas expressed concern for the ministry, but he had an ulterior motive. Again, imagine the scene. A bottle of perfume worth a whole year’s wage was being poured over the feet of Jesus. Common sense would seem to say, “Sell it. Use the money for the poor, the hungry and the homeless.” This is just what Judas did say. He questioned the act, what he considered a waste. After all, if Mary wished to anoint Jesus, she could have used a less expensive perfume. However, Judas’ motive was impure. The words “had the bag” mean that Judas was the treasurer of the small band of Jesus’ disciples (John 12:6).said that Judas was a thief However, he was a thief; he had been swindling some of the money. A gift of 300 denarii’s would have allowed him the chance to steal quite a sum. Deep within he was angry at the lost chance to enrich himself; he was angry at Mary, but even more he was angry at Jesus for allowing such wastefulness. Criticism is a sign the sign of a hypocrite and that person stands in the need of repentance because Galatians 6-3Gal 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. Judas was confused like a lot of people who first come to church Nevertheless,

Despite all the opportunities, Judas’ life was a terrible tragedy. He was so gifted and had so much opportunity, yet he lost it all. Why? Simply because he turned his back on the

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