Summary: 14 of ? Judas missed the entirety of that which took place from the time of his leaving the Lord’s supper(13:30) until he arrived in the Garden of Gethsemane, with those who would arrest Jesus(18:3)! Judas Missed...
OR--‘WHILE YOU WERE OUT/AWAY’
The church Social Committee was getting our small Fellowship Hall decorated with a Valentine’s theme.
There are two heavy pasteboard pillars, which the church uses for different projects. On Thursday morning, he committee wrapped the pillars with white foam material. And then various shaded & shaped foam hearts were attached all over the foam wrapping, so that the pillars were covered in hearts. They attached the hearts with that ‘gummy stuff’ used to seal some mailings. They did a great job & the room looked inviting & fun.
Late Saturday afternoon, when I left the church to go home, I went thru the Fellowship Hall. No one from the Social Committee had been there that day. In their absence, all but six or eight of the hearts had become detached & fallen to the floor around the base of the pillars!...
•I guess you could say the Social Committee experienced a very ‘dis-heartening’ situation! They had ‘missed’ the failure of their attachment medium.
•On a vastly more serious note...
•A person who absences him/herself from Jesus—in heart &/or physically—will ‘miss’ the significance of their ‘attachment medium’ to Jesus.
Judas was consumed with self. That is, what he unwisely ‘supposed’ was coupled with his own solution to what he had ‘supposed.’ That attitude caused him to miss vital conversation with the Teacher, Savior, & Lord.
Judas showed by his decisions, that he was not a fan of Jesus...
Judas Iscariot was not a fan of God’s design, as it involved a personal momentous decision-based relationship with Christ Jesus as Savior & Lord.
Judas Missed vital life lessons because of his unbelieving heart attitude AND as a result, Judas Missed his life’s focus due to his physical absence from Jesus...
Judas missed the entirety of Jesus’ example & teaching which took place from the time of his prematurely leaving their gathering in the upper room(13:30; Mk. 14:15) until he arrived in the Garden of Gethsemane, with a detachment of soldiers, chief priests & Pharisees to arrest Jesus!(18:3; Mat. 27:27)—[Roman cohort(speira—the tenth part of a legion=600 soldiers)]
God’s People Practice...
*Gathering with the Church!
*Allowing God to use them despite their faults!
*Following God’s plain direction for them!
*Being an encouragement to others!
*Fulfilling their God-appointments!
...In doing so, they will never miss out on something vital & life-changing for themselves, their spouses, their children, & others!
JUDAS MISSED(discarded/threw away)...
•The PRIVILEGE Of BEING CHOSEN.
•EVIDENCE Of MESSIANIC FULFILLMENT.
•His ANCIENT WARNING.
•A MEMORABLE MISSION.
•His REPRESENTATIVE CALLING.
•The TRUE GOD.
•The WARNING Of BEING A HINDERANCE TO GOD.
•The WARNING Of DENYING PERSONAL SIN.
•The EASE & BLESSING Of SEEKING The LORD’s WISDOM.
•The CONFIDENCE Of ALTHOUGH LIMITED Yet TRUE KNOWLEDGE.
•The WARNING Of BEING OUT For YOURSELF.
•The WARNING Of GAINING ‘PERMISSION’ RATHER THAN FOLLOWING GOD’s ‘DIRECTION.’
•The WARNING ABOUT The DAMNING VOICE Of AVARICE
•The WARNING That SIN TAKES SELFISH ADVANTAGE Of OTHER PEOPLE’s STRUGGLES
•The DANGER of PREYING Upon OTHERS
•The WARNING That SIN PROMOTES The DIFFICULTIES Of OTHERS In ORDER To PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY For SELF
•The WARNING SIGNS Of HIS OWN RUSE(Cf.-:22)
•The WARNING Of The INSATIABLE LUST/DESIRE Of The FLESH
•The WARNING Of the CONSTANT COMPULSION Of FLESH
•The PHYSICAL REPRESENTATION(Darkness) Of HIS SPIRITUAL REALITY
•The WARNING In DARKNESS L
•His PERVERSE ROLE In GLORIFYING GOD
•The FACT That GOD’s GLORY IS IN JESUS & VICE-VERSA.
•A FOUNDATIONAL LEARNING CURVE
•.JESUS’ FINAL WORDS.
•The IMPORTANCE Of GOD’s TIMING.
•The IMPORTANCE Of PERSONAL PATIENCE.
•The IMPORTANCE Of JESUS’ PHYSICAL ABSENCE.
•The IMPORTANCE Of PREPAREDNESS BASED On PRESENT KNOWLEDGE.
JUDAS also MISSED(discarded/threw away)...
•A ‘NEW’ COMMANDMENT Of GOD.
•LOVE For The FAMILY OF GOD....
•The TELLING EXAMPLE & APPLICATION Of GOD’S LOVE.
•his OPPORTUNITY For LIFESTYLE WITNESS.
•The WITNESSING POWER Of LIVING OUT GOD’s LOVE.
•TRUST In JESUS’ WORDS.
•CONTENTMENT With JESUS’ WORDS.
•The SATISFACTION In JESUS’ PROMISE.
•The WARNING Of SPIRITUAL IGNORANCE.
•The WARNING Of PIOUS PRIDE.
•The WARNING Of MISINFORMED Or POORLY THOUGHT-OUT INTENTIONS.
•The WARNING Of DENYING/MISJUDGING ONE’s PERSONAL POTENTIAL For FAILURE.
•REAL FREEDOM From ANXIETY(14:1a).
•JESUS/Christ/Messiah CENTERED BELIEF(14:1b)
•ETERNALLY GRACIOUS HOUSING(14:2a_1)
•his SOURCE For TRUTH/Reality(14:2a_2)
•The NECESSITY For JESUS’ PREPARATION(14:2b_1)
•The IMPLICATIONS In JESUS’ PROMISE(14:3a).
•GOD’s PLAN & INTENT(14:3b).
•The ENTIRETY Of GOD’s PLAN HINGES UPON, OR TURNS UPON JESUS(14:3b).
•The ENTIRETY Of GOD’s PLAN TURNS UPON JESUS’ LEAVING & SUBSEQUENT RETURN(14:3b).
We encourage you today to put the godly knowledge you receive into practice for the sake of yourself, your family, your community, your country, & for the sake of & betterment of the world.
Furthermore you must know that Judas also Missed.....
:4—"And where I go you know, & the way you know.”
Judas missed...An INTERNAL AWARENESS.