Judas

Posted: October 13, 2016 in TLCC
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If there is one person who is famous (or infamous) other than Jesus, he is no other than Judas. He was the accountant in their group, more like the treasurer who holds the money. Some lessons we can learn from him as we studied the book of Luke is…

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#1 Sitting under good Bible teaching isn’t enough.

For a class which take three years, and classmates of only 11 (plus Judas that would be 12), it wasn’t enough for Judas. His betrayal was not overnight. It was deliberately planned for quite some time.

Sunday schools, small groups, cell groups, life groups, youth groups, whatever name we call our groups, it isn’t enough to be in attendance week after week. We need to believe in the Bible we are reading.

#2 Leading in the ministry isn’t enough.

Judas was one of the twelve disciples. He was given authority over unclean spirits, to heal every disease and affliction (Matt. 10:1) and he was commanded by Jesus to…

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. (Matt. 10:8)

What a resume. He studied in a school of Theology run by Jesus, his internship program includes raising the dead, and he was hands on with the miracles. But it wasn’t enough.

#3 False teachers can appear loving and generous.

At one point, Judas seemed to be concerned with giving money to the poor (See John 12). False teachers look genuine. They appear to be loving. They appear to be generous.

The problem with us is we get stuck with what people do, in a sense, we would have a debt of gratitude (utang na loob in Filipino) over someone who helped us.

#4 There will come a time when falsehood would be exposed.

I like how Mark Driscoll placed it in his sermon…

You cannot lose your salvation, but you can fake it. Judas never lost his salvation. He’s the one doomed for destruction. Jesus tells them all the way back early in the ministry in John 6, “One of you is a devil.” Judas was stealing money from Jesus the whole time! And see, what sometimes happens is we think, “Oh, that person was walking with the Lord, and then they just disappeared, or they fell away.” No, you know what? In their heart, they had been drifting for a long time, and then you just see externally who they are internally. Judas’ betrayal of Jesus was not a change in his character; it was a revelation of his character. He hadn’t changed; he had simply been exposed.

Lastly…

#5 How your life concludes is far more important than how your life began.

We love beginnings. We shouldn’t be stuck with the first day. Instead, we should focus on how we finish. Judas started well but didn’t end well. He ended by taking his life because of remorse. He wasn’t repentant.

What is important is how we end our lives here on earth.

Judas wasn’t the only one who betrayed Jesus. All of Jesus’ disciples left when it mattered the most. Peter denied Jesus not once, not twice, but three times. But it is the response that is different. Judas was remorseful, Peter was repentant. Judas chose to hang himself. Peter chose to come back.

May we learn from the lives of who we read in Scriptures. After all, they were written to teach us so that we can endure what is ahead, and be encouraged as Scriptures provide hope (Rom. 15:4).

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