Summary: Judas missed out on what came from Christ’s cross and resurrection.
"What Judas Missed"
April 20, 2003 Chester’s FBC Chester, IL Mike Fogerson, Speaker
Introduction: (Play clip of Jesus Christ Superstar of Judas, the scene where Judas returns to the high priest and then hangs himself.)
A Jesus had 12 disciples, but perhaps the most infamous is arguably Judas.
a He is the only one of the 12 disciples that made it into Collin’s English Dictionary. Judas Iscariot: The disciple who betrayed Jesus, a traitor or betrayer.
b Jesus had a ½ brother named Judas. He didn’t want to be identified with Judas Iscariot, so when he penned letter that in the N.T., he used the diminutive of his name...which was Jude.
*We don’t have I & II Pete, I, II, & III Jack
*You’ve heard of St. Paul’s, St. John’s, St. Luke’s....Never have you seen St. Judas Baptist Church.
B A few years ago, naming kids biblical names was the flavor of the month.
a Joshua’s, Josias’, Obediah, Jeremiah, Aaron’s, Levi’s but never have you ever heard someone name their boucing baby boy...Judas.
b Judas wasn’t/isn’t a highly respected person of antiquity/scripture.
C 1 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death.  They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. 3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders.  "I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That’s your responsibility." 5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. 6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money."  So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.  That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.  Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: "They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel,  and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me."
a Judas missed out on what came from Christ’s Cross and resurrection. (ETS)
b We can acquire what Judas missed out on. (ESS)
D I hope you’ll know how to avoid making the mistakes that Judas did. (Objective)
a Who has what Judas missed? (Probing Question)
b Let’s look at three things that Judas missed when he killed himself.
As Jesus was hanging on the cross, Luke 23:34a "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing...."
I The first thing that Judas missed when he hung himself was...forgivenss.
(Judas was already dead at this point.)
A Judas’s sins could have been forgiven.
a Even betraying Jesus? YES! 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
*The Lord doesn’t want anyone to perish...NOT EVEN JUDAS!
b Just as Judas chose to betray Christ, so it was Judas’ chose to die w/o forgiveness and go to hell.
*Judas came close to being forgiven.
B In order to know God’s forgiveness there are 3 requirements.
a 1 Admit we’ve messed up. (Matt. 27:4) "I have sinned." -Judas
*Judas didn’t make excuses (I have sinned!)
2 A sense of remorse for our sin. (Matt. 27:3) "remorse" -Judas
*Felt bad (King David felt bad when Nathan confronted him about adultery and murder. Jimmy Swaggert felt bad when he was caught a hooker)
3 Acceptance of the forgiveness offered us, by faith. (MISSING)
*Judas had 2 out of 3. (Alright in most cases, but it doesn’t cut it when it comes to eternity.)
*Judas never asked Jesus for forgivenss.
b There are people all over Chester (maybe even here this morning) who agree with Rms. 3:23 (For all have sinned...), feel bad/remorseful about their sin, YET they can’t bring themselves to accept God forgivenss?
*Why? Pride, stubbornness? You don’t have to hang yourself to miss God forgiveness. (Miss it by not asking for it, accepting it)
Three days after Jesus & Judas died, Jesus rose again, but Judas was still dead. Jesus appeared to his disciples and made a statement that will never apply to Judas.
John 20:19 "Peace be with you."
II The second thing Judas missed when he hung himself was...peace.
A Peace eluded Judas’ life and it appears he died without it.
a Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27 ), just hours before Judas’ lips would touch his check in betrayal.