Jesus, Judas and You, Part 2 (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #51 | Passion Week 2012 (#4)

Today is the fourth day of Passion Week. This day is called “Dark Wednesday” because it is the day when Judas Iscariot went to the High Priests and agreed to betray Jesus Christ to them for 30 pieces of silver. Now, the story involving the betrayal of Jesus Christ actually spans three days — Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday — so we will be dealing with the whole Judas scenario in this one message as we have four more days to go and four more messages to cover in our series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”. Our message for today is titled “Jesus, Judas, and You.”

By way of introduction, the name Judas is the Greek form of the Hebrew word “Judah” meaning praise. Most scholars agree that Judas’ surname, Iscariot, means “a man of Kerioth.” Kerioth was a town in Southern Judea. Thus, Judas would have been the only non-Galilean among Jesus’ disciples — he was the outsider of the group. However, we must still remember that Jesus chose Judas to be his disciple.

Most Bible scholars agree that the reason why Judas decided to betray Jesus was for money. But whatever the case, the Bible says in Matthew 26:14-16: “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 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. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.”

That opportunity to betray Jesus Christ came on either the next night, Thursday night, or early Friday morning before dawn. Judas led the priests and Temple guards to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was praying and had Jesus arrested.

Sometime on Friday, either during Jesus’ trial or while he was hanging on the cross, Judas began to feel guilty about what he had done. The Bible says in Matthew 27:3-5: “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, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”

Judas goes back to the chief priests, throws the money down in the Temple, admits his sin, declares that Jesus Christ is innocent. Then he leaves and hangs himself.

+ Plus, listen to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing “Resurrection Power” and Chris Tomlin singing “Amazing Grace”

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Jesus, Judas and You, Part 1 (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #51 | Passion Week 2012 (#4)

Today is the fourth day of Passion Week. This day is called “Dark Wednesday” because it is the day when Judas Iscariot went to the High Priests and agreed to betray Jesus Christ to them for 30 pieces of silver. Now, the story involving the betrayal of Jesus Christ actually spans three days — Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday — so we will be dealing with the whole Judas scenario in this one message as we have four more days to go and four more messages to cover in our series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”. Our message for today is titled “Jesus, Judas, and You.”

By way of introduction, the name Judas is the Greek form of the Hebrew word “Judah” meaning praise. Most scholars agree that Judas’ surname, Iscariot, means “a man of Kerioth.” Kerioth was a town in Southern Judea. Thus, Judas would have been the only non-Galilean among Jesus’ disciples — he was the outsider of the group. However, we must still remember that Jesus chose Judas to be his disciple.

Most Bible scholars agree that the reason why Judas decided to betray Jesus was for money. But whatever the case, the Bible says in Matthew 26:14-16: “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 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. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.”

That opportunity to betray Jesus Christ came on either the next night, Thursday night, or early Friday morning before dawn. Judas led the priests and Temple guards to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was praying and had Jesus arrested.

Sometime on Friday, either during Jesus’ trial or while he was hanging on the cross, Judas began to feel guilty about what he had done. The Bible says in Matthew 27:3-5: “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, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”

Judas goes back to the chief priests, throws the money down in the Temple, admits his sin, declares that Jesus Christ is innocent. Then he leaves and hangs himself.

+ Plus, listen to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing “Resurrection Power” and Chris Tomlin singing “Amazing Grace”

GLMX #86: Jesus Went Through Hell So We Would Not Go to Hell

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We switch on the television and see good sports spoiled by bad behaviour. We hear at work about the manager who has been cheating the company, and the husband who has been deceiving his wife. We open the newspaper and read about the person knocked down by the drunk driver and the sadistic attacks on the aged and the young. We travel on trains and see what the vandals have left behind. These events come close to our own door and sadness enters even into our own homes. Our lives are spoiled by wrong actions. A short, simple word for all this is sin. Sin constantly spoils our lives.

One famous writer has described our spoiled lives as reeds on the river bank that have been bruised by the current of sin that swirls around us. Isaiah was a man who believed in God. He lived before Jesus but wrote of Him, “a bruised reed He will not break.” A bruised reed is a plant that has been hurt or crushed. How bruises bring hurt into our lives; lives that are for many at times a journey through a dark tunnel of depression. Some find themselves trapped in a cage of anxiety, and many families are severed through marital and financial problems. We have all been hurt by others who are selfish. We have all faced bitter disappointments at some time or other. We have all been through shattering experiences when it felt as if nobody cared. Yet we can remember – when we are honest with ourselves – our own unkind remarks. We cannot always blame the other person. We cannot always rest on our own convenient excuses. We need to face up to those wrong actions, those sins.

When we do this and look in the mirror of our own life, God assures us that there is no life that is so bruised and injured that it cannot be healed.

Matthew 11:28 states, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

+ Plus, listen to Adam Young singing “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”

The Setting, Severity, and Suddenness of Christ’s Return, Part 3 (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #50 | Passion Week 2012 (#3)

On yesterday we talked about what Jesus Christ did on the Monday immediately following Palm Sunday. Today, as we continue this week-long series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”, we will talk about what Jesus Christ did on Tuesday of what many call Passion Week.

The Bible says in Matthew 24:1-3, “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”

On Tuesday of Passion Week, Jesus Christ goes with his disciples to the Mount of Olives and answers their questions: “When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” This is a long discussion which is called the Olivet Discourse. It takes up two entire chapters in the book of Matthew — chapters 24 and 25 — so we will not be able to cover all of it today. In these chapters, Jesus Christ covers a range of topics which include: the destruction of the Temple and the judgment of Israel, the coming persecution of Jesus’ followers, the events leading up to the last days, the Antichrist’s desecration of a new Temple, the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the judgment of the Gentile nations. In the second half of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus also relates three parables which demonstrate what he had just been talking about — the parable of the unfaithful servant, the parable of the ten virgins, and the parable of the talents.

Today, however, we are going to focus on verses 36-44 of chapter 24.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “It Wasn’t Easy” and Jeremy Camp singing “This Man”

The Setting, Severity, and Suddenness of Christ’s Return, Part 2 (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #50 | Passion Week 2012 (#3)

On yesterday we talked about what Jesus Christ did on the Monday immediately following Palm Sunday. Today, as we continue this week-long series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”, we will talk about what Jesus Christ did on Tuesday of what many call Passion Week.

The Bible says in Matthew 24:1-3, “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”

On Tuesday of Passion Week, Jesus Christ goes with his disciples to the Mount of Olives and answers their questions: “When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” This is a long discussion which is called the Olivet Discourse. It takes up two entire chapters in the book of Matthew — chapters 24 and 25 — so we will not be able to cover all of it today. In these chapters, Jesus Christ covers a range of topics which include: the destruction of the Temple and the judgment of Israel, the coming persecution of Jesus’ followers, the events leading up to the last days, the Antichrist’s desecration of a new Temple, the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the judgment of the Gentile nations. In the second half of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus also relates three parables which demonstrate what he had just been talking about — the parable of the unfaithful servant, the parable of the ten virgins, and the parable of the talents.

Today, however, we are going to focus on verses 36-44 of chapter 24.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “It Wasn’t Easy” and Jeremy Camp singing “This Man”

The Setting, Severity, and Suddenness of Christ’s Return, Part 1 (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #50 | Passion Week 2012 (#3)

On yesterday we talked about what Jesus Christ did on the Monday immediately following Palm Sunday. Today, as we continue this week-long series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”, we will talk about what Jesus Christ did on Tuesday of what many call Passion Week.

The Bible says in Matthew 24:1-3, “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”

On Tuesday of Passion Week, Jesus Christ goes with his disciples to the Mount of Olives and answers their questions: “When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” This is a long discussion which is called the Olivet Discourse. It takes up two entire chapters in the book of Matthew — chapters 24 and 25 — so we will not be able to cover all of it today. In these chapters, Jesus Christ covers a range of topics which include: the destruction of the Temple and the judgment of Israel, the coming persecution of Jesus’ followers, the events leading up to the last days, the Antichrist’s desecration of a new Temple, the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the judgment of the Gentile nations. In the second half of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus also relates three parables which demonstrate what he had just been talking about — the parable of the unfaithful servant, the parable of the ten virgins, and the parable of the talents.

Today, however, we are going to focus on verses 36-44 of chapter 24.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans singing “It Wasn’t Easy” and Jeremy Camp singing “This Man”

GLMX #85: The Matchless, Majestic, Incomparable Christ

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Isaiah 53:5 says, “He [Jesus] was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”

He came from the throne of the Father to the womb of a woman. He put on humanity that we might put on divinity. He became Son of Man that we might become sons of God.

He was born in a supernatural way, lived in poverty, and was reared in obscurity. He had neither wealth nor influence, yet the wisdom of men has never matched His wisdom. “Never has a man spoken like this man.”

His family was inconspicuous and uninfluential. In infancy, He startled a king. As a boy, He stunned theologians with his knowledge and wisdom, for He was taught of God. In manhood, He ruled the elements and quieted the raging sea. He healed the multitudes without medicine, and fed thousands from a boy’s lunch. Even demons obeyed Him and He gave back life to those who died.

He never wrote a book, yet none of the libraries of the world could contain the books that have been written about Him. He never wrote a song, yet He has furnished the theme of more songs than all song writers combined. He never founded a college, yet all the colleges together cannot boast of as many students as He has. He never marshaled an army yet no leader ever had more volunteers.

Great men have come and gone, yet He lives on. Herod could not kill Him. Satan could not tempt Him to sin. Death could not destroy Him. The grave could not hold Him.

He laid aside His purple robe for a peasant’s gown. He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor. He slept in another’s manger; He rode on another’s donkey; He was buried in another’s grave.

He conquered death and rose on the third day as He said He would. He ascended into heaven and is now at the right hand of the throne of God. One day He will return with power and great glory to judge the world when every knee shall bow to Him and every tongue shall confess Him as Lord — His friends gladly, but His enemies seeking for a place to hide from His face.

He is the Perfect One, the only One who can satisfy the soul. He gives everlasting life to those who love Him and obey His commandments. He is altogether lovely, and He is my Savior.

To all who are ready to accept and believe Him, God gives these words of promise in John 1:12: “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.”

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing “Glorious Day”

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