Summary: Judas, the man, was the sum total of the decisions that he himself made.As believers, we make some of the same decisions that effect not only ourselves, but to those to whom we are to reach for Christ.
Introduction: Many of us see The man Judas as a sinister precesence, someone who had an evil look or a devilish grin. In fact, as schocking as it seems, I believe that Judas was just an ordinary man who, because of some of the decisions that he made, missed the truth of who Jesus really was.
More shocking is that most of us as Christians have some of the same traits and make some of the same de-
cisions that Judas made.
I. Judas had a Plan with no Options. (Matt. 26:14)
"From that time, He looked for an opportunity
to betray Him."
A. Nothing that Jesus did, before or after his
agreement with the priests, changed his mind.
B. Jesus healed, preached, prayed and showed His
power over and over, yet Judas watched for an
opportunity to betray Him.
C. In our lives we see the Work, Power, and Love
of Christ everyday and yet do things our way
without allowing who He is to move us to do
things His way.
D. Even those things that are not sin; where we go
to college, our employment, who we date or marry
are never prayed over or given to Him. We make
our own plans without ever consulting with Him.
II. Judas had a Question, but no Sincereity. (Matt.
"Surely it is not I, Rabbi?"
A. Judas knew his sin and still asked the question
B. As the Son knew everything, He knew Judas was
C. Many times in our lives Christ convicts us of
our sin, our wrongdoing and we still pretend
we do not know that He is speaking to us, lead-
D. It is as though we are asking "Surely You do not
mean me, Lord?"
III. Judas had a Kiss with no Love. (Matt.26:47-49)
"Greetings Rabbi." and Kissed Him"
A. One of the most beautiful means that we show
love to one another is kissing. We kiss friends,
lovers, our children, parents, etc.
B. Judas used this very familar gesture to betray
Christ and to show the soldiers who to arrest.
C. Many times our sevice to Christ is exactly like
that, a sign of love, but with no real feeling,
we go through the motions and do the work of the
gospel and the church, but forget the love re-
lationship that we are to have with Him.
IV. Judas Repented, but he did not Reconcile (Matt.27:
A. Being sorry was not enough
B. Being caught bring on guily, but does nothing
about making the situation right.
C. When we sin,sorrow is only the beginning; we
must make thing right with Christ and to those
who we have sinned against.
I find these four things that were true in Judas’ life
are all too often true in ours.How will the world ever
see a difference if we do not choose to show them?