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Reading: John chapter 12 verses 1-11.


• Each year since 1970 at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London;

• Thousands of international visitors are asked a question.

• They are asked to name which person, past or present, real or fictional

• That they hated or feared the most.

• The name that has topped the list the most number of times has been Adolph Hitler,

• This past couple of years it has been Osama Bin Laden.

• But through the years the list has included Idi Amin, Richard Nixon, Margaret Thatcher,

• Jack the Ripper, Liam Gallagher (front man for the British rock band Oasis).

One made who has never made the list was Judas Iscariot:

• Even though he commited the greatest act of betrayal for a human being to do;

• He is the man who betrayed Jesus Christ, the son of God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords.

• ill: His name is synonymous with betrayal.

• None of the other eleven disciples made Collins English Dictionary,

• But Judas did!

• Ill: Collins defines Judas as “Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, a traitor or betrayer.”

• Ill: The dictionary also 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.


• Judas is a great name, it means: ‘Praise’.

• Yet as a result of this one man, nobody ever names their baby Judas!


• For that matter you might remember;

• That Jesus younger brother’s name was Judas Mark chapter 6 verse 3).

• But when he wrote the letter that would eventually become a part of our New Testament

• He used the diminutive of his name which was Jude.

• Now we don’t read the books of I I and II and III Jack,

• So why was it that Judas felt that he had to shorten his name to Jude?

• Answer is simple:

• Because he didn’t want to be identified with Judas Iscariot...............would you?

(1). His Name:

• When it comes to Judas Iscariot, we don’t really know all that much about him,

• We do know that his father was Simon.

• We do know that his surname Iscariot was a combination of two Hebrew words;

• ‘Ish’ and ‘Kariot’, which would then be translated, ‘Man of Kariot’.

• 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!

• Ill: You may have Noticed that in all of the lists of the names of the twelve disciples,

• Peter is always listed first and Judas Iscariot always last.

(2). His motive.


In most films about the life of Jesus;

• Judas is often pictured as a political figure, a nationalist, a disillusioned zealot.

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