Out of Light, Into Darkness, Part 9 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 209)
TEXT: John 13:21-30
21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
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.
30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.
This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 209.
J.C. Ryle said, “A man may preach from false motives. A man may write books, and make fine speeches, and seem diligent in good works, and yet be a Judas Iscariot.”
In our passage for today, we come to what has been called by some the most terrible statement in the Bible. After Jesus states plainly that He will be betrayed by one of His own, Peter gets John to ask Jesus directly who it is. Jesus identifies Judas by giving him a sop — bread or meat dipped in gravy — in the manner in which a host might give to an honored guest. John, who emphasized the love of Christ more than any of the other Gospel writers, must have been confused by what is clearly a mixed signal: an act of friendship to identify a betrayer.
We read that “after the sop Satan entered into” Judas. Judas had previously conspired with the Jewish religious leaders to betray Jesus, and now Satan took hold of him, using him as a tool to carry out the evil plan. The only reason why Satan entered into Judas is because Judas allowed it. Judas could have said, ‘No,’ but he didn’t. Alexander MacLaren said, “Two things appealed to Judas at this moment: one, the conviction that he was discovered; the other, the wonderful assurance that he was still loved, for the gift of the morsel was a token of friendliness. He shut his heart against them both; and as he shut his heart against Christ he opened it to the devil.”
Jesus, who knew all things, knew that Satan had entered into Judas’ heart at that moment. And, Jesus said to him, “That thou doest, do quickly.” From Matthew’s Gospel, we know that Judas knew that Jesus knew what he was about to do. As the disciples were wondering among themselves who the betrayer would be, Judas quietly asked Jesus, “Master, is it I?” And Jesus responded by saying, “Thou hast said.” Perhaps, the reason why Jesus told Judas to act quickly is because He knew, at last, that all hope for him to change his course was gone.
While Jesus knew what Judas was planning, Judas still had the other disciples fooled. We read in the next verse, “Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. 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.” The disciples thought Judas was going to do something good, but they were sorely mistaken.
In the beginning of the movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, the city of London is bombed and Starfleet Headquarters is attacked, prompting the crew of the Starship Enterprise to rush off on a mission to find the perpetrator. Following what they believe are accurate clues, they travel to a distant planet only to discover that the real enemy — their own commander in chief — is back on Earth, plotting to start a war between Earth and a race from another planet. As the crew of the Enterprise rushes back to confront the commander, they discover that he has sabotaged their ship by placing torpedoes on it, intending for them all to be killed in space. A person they thought they could trust and rely on, someone they thought was one of the “good guys”, turned out to be the one trying to take them down.
When Judas left the upper room, the disciples thought he was still one of the good guys. But, by this time, with Satan in his heart, he was too far gone to turn back. The Bible says, “He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.” You can imagine Judas leaving behind the brightly lit room where they were eating supper with the Light of the World, and stepping out into the gathering gloom, with darkness in the sky and darkness in the heart.
Dear friend, you may never imagine yourself doing anything as hideous as Judas did 2,000 years ago. But, if you continue to reject Christ, you can become so hard-hearted that the loving gestures that God and Jesus offer to you have no effect on your soul. The longer you put off trusting Christ as Savior, the harder it will be for you to make that decision the next time around. One day, you may walk away from the light and into the darkness forever.
I urge you not to go down the same path that Judas walked. Trust Christ as your Savior today by, first, accepting the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.