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Sat, Jan 07 2012 - 02:17 PM

277 BETRAYAL!

 

Matthew 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have
betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou
to that.

Judas knew that
Jesus was God’s own son, so why did he betray Him? Judas was one of Jesus’
twelve apostles and had obtained that part of Jesus’ ministry.

Acts
1:17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part
of this ministry.

He was the
treasurer for the apostles and had all the money for the group.

John 13:29 For some of them thought, because
Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that
we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the
poor.

Maybe he sold
Jesus for the thrity pieces of silver?

Matthew
26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him
unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

Not a lot of
money when he had all of Jesus’ wealth to look after; no it wasn’t money.

Matthew
27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned,
repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief
priests and elders,

Matthew
27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and
went and hanged himself.

He had the thirty
pieces of silver and returned it. No, there was more to Judas betrayal than
money. The devil was using him but what could the devil say to an apostle that
would make him turn on his master?

Daniel
2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of
heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall
not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume
all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Judas knew that
God would set up His kingdom on this earth and that Jesus would be the king of
that kingdom. He also knew that Jesus would defeat the kings of this earth when
He set up God’s kingdom.

Daniel
12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth
for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as
never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that
time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in
the book.

Judas knew that
Jesus would defeat the kingdoms of this earth and free His people. Israel
would be freed and set up as God’s kingdom with Jesus as its king. As Jesus’
treasurer, Judas would be in a tremendous position of wealth and power.

But, Jesus kept
running and hiding from His enemies while He preached about God’s coming
kingdom.

The devil made
Judas think that he was helping God by putting Jesus into a position to have to
defend Himself and thought that He would rise up and defeat the kingdoms of the
earth if that could happen. He arranged for Jesus’ enemies to find Jesus alone,
without the public masses around to protect Him; but Jesus didn’t rise up and
destroy His enemies.

John
18:12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the
Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

He submitted to
them and was tried and crucified.

Like Eve, whom
the devil told to disobey God to eat the fruit and get wisdom, Judas thought he
would hurry the kingdom of God by ‘arranging’ the situation for Jesus to
confront His enemies. He didn’t know the will of God or heed the mastery of
Jesus; he was going to do it his way.

Judas could not
live with his guilt and ended his life.

Matthew
27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and
went and hanged himself.

All sinners must
live with the fact that they are sinners saved by grace but they still must
remember their sins as long as they live. Those memories will haunt them even
though they were forgiven by a merciful God.

Peter too denied
Jesus in His hour of need and repented. He went on to live with his memories
and serve Jesus because Peter loved Jesus. Judas loved Judas and could not live
with the guilt.

Matthew
26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the
cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

You see, the
devil will try to stop you from coming to the Lord but, if he fails that, he
will try to get you to betray Him by doing something that you ‘think’ will help
Him but that He did not want or wish you to do. Jesus warned Judas that what he
was going to do would be the worst thing he could do, but Judas was caught up
in his own self-righteousness and desire and convinced himself that the devil’s
lie was what thekingdom ofGod needed.

Please seek
Jesus’ advice on everything; your own thoughts might be the one thing that you
can do to betray your master to His enemies.

Faithful
Christians do not show God’s enemies the church’s weaknesses or how to exploit
those flaws.

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