Summary: Judas (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
Reading: John chapter 17 verses 12:
• On this day in 1605:
• Thirteen young men planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
• Among them was Britain's most notorious traitor,
• A man called Guy Fawkes.
• They rented a house next to Parliament;, dug a tunnel;
• And into the tunnel they placed 36 barrels (1.5 tonnes of gunpowder).
• One of the group members a man called Francis Tresham;
• Became a traitor to his companions;
• He sent an anonymous letter warning his brother-in-law, Lord Monteagle;
• Telling him not to attend Parliament on November 5th.
• As a result;
• Guy Fawkes and some of his companions were captured and the plot foiled;
• They were imprisoned and tortured;
• And on January 31st 1606 Guy Fawkes and seven others were hanged.
On the very night that the Gunpowder Plot was foiled, on November 5th, 1605,
• Bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King.
• Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night.
• The event is commemorated every year with fireworks;
• And burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire
Now tonight I want us to look at another traitor – the greatest of all!
I often do a talk (schools, lots of children etc) called: ‘What’s in a name?’
• And the answer is - quite a lot!
• Think of these 2 names which are rarely used, if ever.
• Jesus (Rescuer) - Out of respect.
• Judas (Praise) - Out of association.
• Ill: The dictionary tells us that a "Judas kiss";
• Is a false expression of affection.
• Ill: And that a "Judas hole";
• Is a hidden slit in the wall through which guards spy on prisoners.
• Because of one mans act of treachery;
• The name Judas is always negative, and nobody wants the name "Judas" attached to themselves.
I don’t know if you have ever noticed:
• That in the New Testament when the twelve disciples are listed.
• Peter is always listed first and Judas Iscariot always last.
• Surprisingly the New Testament tells us more about these two men;
• Than all the other ten disciples combined.
At the time Jesus walked on planet earth:
• The manes Simon and Judas were popular;
• Similar to Jack and Emily are today.
• This is partly due to the period of time between the Old and the New Testaments.
• Two brothers called Simon and Judas Maccabaeus, became popular Jewish heroes.
• Their popularity helped bring these two names back into common usage once again.
• And in the New Testament, there are nine Simons found and six Judases.
• Simon & Judas may have been men with very common and popular names;
• But their futures could not have been more contrasting.
Judas Iscariot would turn out to be the man who should never had been born:
• Most scholars believe, that the name "Iscariot";
• Comes from "Man of Kerioth,"
• Ill: Modern equivalents;
• Surname of a city or area e.g. Queen – Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor.
• The name "Iscariot";
• Comes from "Man of Kerioth,"
• The city of Kerioth belonged to the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:25).
• And was in the South. (Cariot) was a city in Judea 12 miles south of Hebron
• This would mean Judas was probably the only disciple who was not a Galilean;
• The others were all northerners, but Judas was a southerner!
(1). The disciple.
• Jesus did not choose his twelve disciples hap-hazardly:
• Flick back to Luke chapter 6 verses 12-16;
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles”.
• Obviously the disciples were not chosen hap hazardly;
• They were chosen after a night of prayer.
• He made his choice, he did not make a mistake;
• He chose twelve men to become His disciples and Judas Iscariot was among them.
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