Out of Light, Into Darkness, Part 9 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 209)

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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.

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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 dw3@gospellightsociety.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.

Out of Light, Into Darkness, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 208)

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TEXT: John 13:21-26

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.

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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 208.

Thomas Watson said, “O saints, let your thoughts dwell upon the love of Christ, who passed by angels and thought of you; who was wounded so that, out of his wounds, the balm of Gilead might come to heal you; who leaped into the sea of his Father’s wrath to save you from drowning.”

Although He is God, Jesus was not above being affected emotionally by Judas’ betrayal. We read that, as a man, Jesus was “troubled in his spirit” by this prospect. The word translated as ‘troubled’ is ‘tarasso’; it means “to agitate, to cause inward commotion, to take away calmness of mind, to render anxious or distressed.” Imagine how you would feel if you found out that someone you had known and loved for years, someone you considered to be a friend, was secretly plotting your downfall. You, too, would be troubled.

Speaking out of this troubled spirit, Jesus says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” Immediately, the disciples looked around at each other wondering who it could be among them. They were still recovering from the shock of Jesus washing their feet, and now they are hit with another astounding piece of information. One of them — one of the twelve sitting around that table — would betray Jesus. Perhaps they thought that this betrayal would happen by accident — that one of them would slip up in a vulnerable moment. But they never imagined that one of their own would deliberately turn against Jesus.

The Bible says that, in the midst of this commotion, “Simon Peter therefore beckoned to [John, who was sitting beside Jesus], that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.” Peter, as usual, wanted to get to the bottom line. “Who is it? Tell us his name.” The disciples wanted to deal with the traitor in their midst right then and there. Luke tells us that, after Jesus revealed that He would be betrayed, one of the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, behold, here are two swords.” We know that Peter was one of the two who had a sword, and he was not above using it. (In the Garden of Gethsemane, when Judas and the Jewish authorities came to arrest Jesus, the other disciple asked, “Lord, shall we smite with the sword?” But Peter did not ask.)

So Peter signals to John to ask Jesus for the identity of the traitor. He did, and “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.” A sop was a piece of bread dipped in gravy which the host at a dinner gave to an honored guest. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, “Giving the morsel to Judas was an uncaught sign of recognition to John, but it was also the Lord’s final extension of grace to Judas. A host giving a morsel of bread to a guest was a sign of friendship. How ironic that Jesus’ act of friendship to Judas signaled Judas’ betrayal of friendship.”

Sometimes, we think that people are against us or out for our downfall and, with no real proof, we begin to treat that person with suspicion, wariness, and a negative attitude. Jesus, however, although He knew that Judas would betray Him, continued to show love and kindness. In fact, as the clock was winding down, it seems as though Jesus treated him with more grace than was warranted, even to the point of not revealing him before the rest of the disciples and repeatedly giving him a chance to repent. One commentator said, “When Jesus offers Judas a special morsel from the common dish, such as it was customary for a host to offer to an honoured guest, it is a mark of divine love which ever seeks to overcome evil with good.”

It is easy for us to look down our noses at Judas. We see him as the ultimate evil one in Scripture. But the truth of the matter is that, if we are not careful, we can easily end up being just as wicked. History has shown that the human race is capable of great and severe depravity. But an even greater truth is that Jesus shows the same grace, mercy, and love to us that He showed to Judas. He persistently calls us to repent of our sins, to turn to Him, to turn from darkness to light, from the power of Satan unto God.

As one hymn says…

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling—
Calling for you and for me;
Patiently Jesus is waiting and watching—
Watching for you and for me!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading—
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies—
Mercies for you and for me?

Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised—
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon—
Pardon for you and for me!

Jesus is calling. Jesus is waiting. Jesus is pleading with you to come to Him. He will wait until the last moment possible for you to be saved. Will you trust Him as Savior today?

John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 dw3@gospellightsociety.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.

Out of Light, Into Darkness, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 207)

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TEXT: John 13:16-20

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

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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 207.

A.B. Simpson said, “Perils as well as privileges attend the higher Christian life. The nearer we come to God, the thicker the hosts of darkness in heavenly places.”

One of the questions that the Bible does not answer for us is: Why did Jesus wait until the very end before exposing Judas? At any time throughout His ministry, Jesus could have pulled back the covers, revealing Judas to be an unbeliever. Leading up to this final week, He could have called out Judas as the enemy that he was. While we may never know the answer to this question with any certainty, what we do know is that, for the sake of the other disciples, Jesus brought some good out of Judas’ betrayal.

Jesus said in verse 19, “Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.” The disciples could not imagine that one of their own would betray Jesus. (In a few verses, we find that when Jesus states this fact plainly — “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me” — the disciples react with shocked and doubtful speculation among themselves, asking Jesus, “Is it I, Lord? Is it I?”) But Jesus, after quoting from David’s writings, predicts this betrayal and says that when it happens, the disciples ought to see it as more evidence that He is who He says He is. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck state, “The fact that Jesus knew all this in advance before it happened, and that it fit the Scriptures helped the disciples after the fact to believe that God had sent Jesus.”

Judas’ betrayal could have been a catalyst that caused so much doubt and dismay among the disciples that they each eventually lost the faith that they had. Imagine the eleven being in the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus, and the thing that Jesus has been talking about all along — how He would be arrested and put to death — begins to happen. And, leading the pack of Jesus’ enemies is one of their fellow disciples, one of the ones whom Jesus had called to follow Him. Judas’ betrayal probably contributed to the fact that the rest of the disciples scattered — not just away from Jesus, but away from each other — when Jesus was arrested. It cast a shadow over the rest of the disciples: If they had no idea that Judas would betray them, who else among them could be a secret enemy?

Knowing that this was about to happen, Jesus took care to direct His disciples’ thoughts back to Him. Even though they would be shocked at this event, Jesus encouraged them to remember that He, being God, knew all things.

Then, Jesus says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.” By betraying Jesus, Judas was not only rejecting the place that Jesus had given him among the disciples, but he was also turning his back on God. Jesus had given a similar rule to the unbelieving Jews — that by rejecting Him, the one whom God had sent, they were rejecting God.

This statement was a reminder to the disciples and to Judas that, in the end, Judas would not win. God’s plan would be carried out. The work of Jesus would continue. And the disciples would be sent out to take the Gospel to the world.

When God sets out to do something in the world, we can rest assured that it will be done. No matter the opposition that He and His true followers face, God’s purposes will be accomplished and He will turn every bad situation around for His glory and for the good of His children. The only ones who lost out here were the devil, Judas, and the Jewish authorities that he collaborated with.

Although the disciples might have been distressed temporarily, they would recover and would find that their faith in God was strengthened for it.
Listen to this poem by C.C. Bratcher:

When trouble and sorrow come your way,
And you do not understand,
Just remember there’s a brighter day…
In God’s great eternal plan.
To everything there is a season –
It’s all under His control;
Whatever God does is best, my friend…
He’s the Keeper of our soul.

All things are right on His schedule,
He is working His great plan,
Drawing us closer to His side…
Strengthening the inner man.
Yes, everything has a purpose –
Every trial, every test;
We can always rest assured, my friend…
Whatever God Does is Best!

God does not want you to end up like Judas and to miss out on eternal blessings by rejecting Jesus Christ. If you are ready to get your heart right with God by trusting Jesus Christ as your Saviour,

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 dw3@gospellightsociety.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.

Out of Light, Into Darkness, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 206)

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TEXT: John 13:16-20

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

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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 205.

Andrew Murray said, “May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God’s presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love.”

Our passage for today returns us to the wicked person of Judas Iscariot. John began this chapter with the striking contrast of Jesus whose heart was filled with love for His disciples and Judas whose heart was filled with the devil’s plans. The contrast was likely even more striking to the writer because scholars have derived from this text that it was John and Judas sitting on either side of Jesus at the supper.

Notice these words from Dr. Warren Wiersbe: “A dark shadow now fell across the scene as Jesus dealt with Judas, the traitor. It is important to note that Judas was not a true believer; he was a hypocrite. He had never believed in Jesus, he had not been bathed all over, and he had never been born again. How close a person can come to salvation and yet be lost forever! Judas was even the treasurer of the group and was certainly held in high regard by his fellow disciples.”

Jesus had just finished telling the disciples about what it meant to be a servant like Him and the blessings that would come from their humble service and sincere obedience. However, one of the disciples would not experience these rewards. Jesus said, “I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.”

Jesus knew that there was one among the disciples who would never be saved and learn true humility, who would never learn true holiness, who would never learn true servanthood. And, thus, he would never receive the happiness promised to Jesus’ servants.

This person, Judas, is likened to the person David spoke of when he lamented, “He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.” For David, this person was likely Ahithopel, one of his close advisers, who joined Absalom’s rebellion against his father. In the ancient near east, and even in the middle east today, it is a sign of disrespect to show the bottom of your feet or the bottom of your shoes to anyone. When people sit on the ground or on the floor for a meal or a meeting, they are careful to tuck their feet under them so as not to accidentally offend someone else. (It is interesting to note that both Ahithopel and Judas hung themselves after their acts of betrayal.)

Judas was now eating with Jesus, but he would go out into darkness to betray Jesus. At the time, the rest of the disciples did not know that Judas was the one whom Jesus spoke of. But Jesus knew: He said, “I know whom I have chosen.” Even though Jesus had chosen Judas as one of the twelve, He knew full well what Judas would do in the end. He knew that, even now, Judas was not saved and would not be saved. This, of course, had no bearing on Judas’ actions. He was a free moral agent who chose his own path. He chose to leave the light of Christ and the Gospel and to embrace the darkness of sin.

The warning that we must take from this is that outward appearances can be deceiving. Judas looked the part of a faithful disciple. He even had a position of leadership and responsibility as the treasurer among the disciples. Scholars believe that none of the other disciples had any idea that Judas would betray Jesus.

Someone can sit in the church, serve in the church, and even lead in the church — for decades, and yet not be truly saved. Someone can pray, read the Bible, and serve others, and yet not be truly saved. Someone can appear to be holy, righteous, a Christian, and yet not be truly saved. Someone can be near the light of Christ and still choose darkness.

Others might be fooled, but not Jesus. He looks on the heart. He knows those who are truly His.

This poem by Jamie Turner reminds us of this important truth:

Our God measures man by His standard divine,
For He sees underneath every outward design.
He looks past possessions and costly attire;
He studies the heart, every thought and desire.

Our God does not judge by how tall we may stand,
Or how much we possess, or the rank we command.
His gaze goes far deeper to things that endure;
He honors the man who keeps his heart pure.

For the eyes of the Lord are searching to and fro,
We have no secrets that our God does not know.
Our Father knows our thoughts, He understands every part.
Man sees the outside, but God sees the heart.

If you are ready to get your heart right with God by trusting Jesus Christ as your Saviour, here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. 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. 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 dw3@gospellightsociety.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.

A ‘Devil’ Among the Disciples (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 83)

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TEXT: John 6:66-71

66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

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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 83.

James Montgomery Boice said, “There are Judases among the apparent followers of the Lord in our day. They are in our pews, even in our pulpits, and they are sometimes undetected. They betray the Lord and the gospel by both their words and their actions.”

Today, we focus on the last two verses of this chapter. After Peter’s bold declaration of faith in Jesus Christ, Jesus responds, “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” The word translated devil means slanderer or accuser. Both words describe the occupation of Satan as the one who tries to slander God’s name and accuse believers of wrongdoing before the throne of God.

The text goes on to say, “He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.” Again, we witness the all-knowing power of Jesus. Previously in this Gospel, we have been told that Jesus ‘knew all men’ and that he knew ‘those who would not believe in Him.’ Now, we see that Jesus’ knowledge extends to even the individual level. Jesus knew all along that it was Judas who would betray Him in the end.

A.T. Lincoln states in his commentary that Jesus’ calling out of Judas immediately after his dialogue with the Jews on how they should believe in Him indicates that Judas was one who had not truly believed on Jesus. Why was he with the other disciples then? If he was an unbeliever, why didn’t he leave Jesus when the others who had once called themselves disciples left? Other passages of Scripture inform us that one reason may have been that Judas was just in it for the money. Jesus’ ministry was supported by the gifts of some of his most loyal followers. Perhaps, the disciples even contributed their own money to Jesus’ ministry. However, John later informs us that Judas “was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

The truth we must realize is that everyone who claims to be a follower of Christ is not a true believer. Some people have jumped on the Jesus bandwagon because they think it will further their own immoral interests. Many times, these devils go undetected among the true disciples. As Jesus said, the tares must sometimes be allowed to grow with the wheat. God will sift it out in the end.

Another question that can be raised is: If Jesus knew Judas was a devil, why didn’t He remove Him from His circle of disciples? The Bible does not tell us why, but we can assume that it was because Jesus hoped Judas would change and truly place His faith in the Messiah. We do not know.

Perhaps, today, you are like Judas. You only wear the label of a Christian, but you have never really believed in Jesus Christ. Maybe you are a preacher who is just in it for money. Maybe you are an employee who checked the “Christian” box on your application because you thought it would improve your chances of getting a job. Maybe you are a faithful church attendee, but your primary reason for going is so that you can network with other business people. You might have other people fooled, but you can’t fool Jesus. He knows who belongs to Him and who does not. Despite your masquerade, He knows who you really are.

God wants you to repent of that false lifestyle today and truly come to Jesus. Here is how you can take the first step of faith and get on the path to becoming a true believer in Jesus Christ.

First, accept 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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. 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. 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 dw3@gospellightsociety.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.

Has the End of the World Come Upon Us? (Part 10) — A Look at Judases, Betrayers, and Traitors

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TEXT: 2 Timothy 3:1-9

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.

We have been looking at some of the specific signs which the Bible says will become increasingly evident in the behavior and lifestyle of people during the end times. In this series, we have looked at the following, all of which are mentioned in this passage:

1. The increased selfishness of man.
2. The increased lawlessness of man.
3. The increased religiosity of man.
4. Increased blasphemy or rejection of God.
5. Increased ingratitude or unthankfulness among men.
6. An increase in unholy living.
7. A lack of natural affection among people.
8. Trucebreakers and people who do not keep their word.
9. False accusers, slanderers, and people who cause division between others

Today, we turn our attention to the word “traitors.” Paul says that in the last days men will be “traitors.” The Greek word here means someone who is a betrayer or treacherous. It is only used two other times in Scripture. It is used in Luke 6:16 to describe Judas Iscariot. And it is used in Acts 7:52 where Stephen charges the Jewish religious leaders with betraying the prophets and Jesus Christ.

Speaking of betraying Jesus Christ, just this week, it was reported in TIME magazine that a Nashville megachurch has pulled a Judas and betrayed Jesus Christ who suffered and died for all sin by turning its back on hundreds of years of church doctrine and declared that it would allow practicing homosexuals to not only be members of the church, but to receive communion, receive baptism, dedicate their children, marry, and serve in leadership. I don’t know anything else to call that, but a betrayal of God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, and what the church has stood for for the past two thousand years.

Jesus Christ spoke of this spirit of betrayal in the last days when He said in Matthew 10:21, “The brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.”

When we think of the word “traitor,” we think of some infamous names in history: Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus, of course, but also Benedict Arnold who betrayed America; Brutus and Cassius who betrayed Caesar; Guy Fawkes who plotted to blow up the British Parliament; Ptolemy who invited Simon Maccabaeus and his brothers to dinner and then slaughtered them; Cain who killed his brother Abel; and Mordred who slew his father Arthur.

In Dante’s epic poem Inferno, Hell has nine circles. The lowest of these circles is reserved for traitors. In the very center of this circle is Satan, imprisoned in a lake of ice, for his betrayal of God. Satan is depicted as having three heads, and in each of his mouths is one of the worst traitors in history — Judas, Brutus, and Cassius — being gnawed upon for eternity.

In our exploration of these sins which will be increasingly demonstrated in the lives of men and women during the end times, we have seen time and again how the sins named in this passage repeatedly point back to two sources: selfishness and Satan. This sin of betrayel points back to both as well. Often, we refer to Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden as “the original sin.” But, perhaps, it would be better to apply this term to Satan’s betrayal of God — the very first act of rebellion in the universe. Everyone who engages in the sin of betrayal and treachery follows the path of the first traitor, Satan.

Not only is this sin tied to Satan, but it is also tied to selfishness. History shows us that people commit acts of betrayal for primarily personal reasons. Some do it for money; some do it for power; some do it to save their own skin; some do it for what they think is love. When someone commits adultery, they are betraying their spouse. When employees steal from the company they work for, they are betraying the trust of their boss. When politicians say one thing to get elected and do the opposite once they are in office, they are betraying the people who voted for them. When people who once claimed to be Christians turn against God and now say they are atheists — a situation which has been highlighted in the news several times over the past few months — they are betraying the One who loved them and gave Himself for them.

The painful thing about the act of being a traitor is that it occurs between people who are supposed to be friends or at least loyal to each other. Jesus Christ experienced this type of betrayal. His experience was spoken of prophetically by David in Psalm 55:12-13. He said, “For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.” That is the painful thing about betrayal..

Lives are destroyed, friendships are ruined, and alliances are divided by the act of betrayal.

Not only should we look at the world and note the ruinous effects of betrayal, but we must also look at our own lives and hearts. Even though we profess to be Christians and go to church faithfully, we often turn our backs on God in our hearts. Anytime we let pride, selfishness, materialism, expediency, money, or lust take first place in our lives, we are engaging in treachery from the heart. In speaking of Judas Iscariot, Pastor Jerry Vines said he “had the life of an outward saint but the heart of the devil.” How many of us are like that today?

In this world, which the Bible describes as “sitting in the lap of the evil one”, people betray the trust and confidence that others have in them frequently. Let it not be so with us who serve a God who loved us so much that He sacrificed His only begotten Son to save us from our sins and the punishment of sin. Let loyalty and dedication to Christ be the hallmark of our lives in a world where betrayal and treachery is the order of the day.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “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.”

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 right now I choose 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 Jesus as my Savior and I choose to 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 just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving 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.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Judas Spirit of Betrayal (Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid, Part 4)

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #124

TEXT: John 13:20-30

Four weeks ago, the first spirit we dealt with in this series titled “Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid”, was the Pharaohistic spirit of pride. For the past two weeks, we have dealt with the second spirit to avoid in our series, the Saulish Spirit of Rebelliousness, Stubbornness, Disobedience and Witchcraft as shown in the life of Saul, the first king of Israel. Today, we are going to deal with a third dangerous spirit to avoid — and that is the Judas spirit of betrayal.

Any governmental leader, church leader, spouse, business leader will tell you that the worst kind of person to deal with in life is a person you cannot trust, a person who is a liar, a person that you have to watch or the person that you have to have someone else to watch because you have a check in your spirit about them that they have the spirit of betrayal in them – they have the spirit of Judas.

Some of the most reviled people in history are traitors — people who turn their backs on those whom they have promised to be loyal to. You might recall the name of Benedict Arnold who was a war hero during the American Revolution but he defected to the British, plotted to turn over an American fort to them, and led British soldiers on raids against Americans. John Anthony Walker, Jr., was a U.S. Navy officer who secretly spied on the U.S. for the Soviet Union for 17 years during the Cold War. If we go back in history, we will see the faces of the Romans Cassius and Brutus who murdered Julius Caesar. Today, some people are calling Edward Snowden, the man who released evidence of the U.S. government’s surveillance activity, a traitor. But, arguably, the most infamous of all traitors is Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus Christ for thirty pieces of silver.

I would submit to you that this spirit of betrayal is still present in our churches and ministries today. And, this morning, we are going to look at the characteristics of this spirit with the purpose of being able to identifying it in our own lives and in the lives of others whom we may be working with.

The name “Judas” is the Greek form of the Hebrew name “Judah” meaning praise. Most scholars agree that Judas’ surname, Iscariot, means “a man of Kerioth.” Kerioth was a town in southern Judea. Jesus and the eleven other disciples were from the region known as Galilee. Thus, Judas would have been the only non-Galilean among Jesus’ disciples – he was the outsider of the group. Today, we are going to look at the three main characteristics of the Judas spirit as shown in the life of Judas Iscariot.

1. The first characteristic of the Judas spirit is extreme selfishness. In John 6, a series of teachings from Jesus Christ are recorded. Some of these teachings are described as “hard sayings” and many of the multitude who had been following Jesus up to this point decided to leave Him. When they had left, the Bible tells us that Jesus asked his disciples, “Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? …we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.”

2. The second characteristic of the Judas spirit is a love for money more than a love for God. In John chapter 12, when Mary came and anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume, Judas looked on with disapproval. John 12 reports that he said, “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” John also adds that he said this “not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.” Judas didn’t really want to give to the poor, he was just concerned about where the money was going. he probably felt as though he had the right to approve or disapprove of how the money was spent in Jesus’ ministry.

3. The third characteristic of the Judas spirit is a person being filled with Satan. In John’s account of the Last Supper, verse 27 reads, “And after the sop Satan entered into Judas. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.” According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary, “in eastern lands where our table utensils are unknown, the meat, with the broth, is brought upon the table in a large dish, and is eaten usually by means of pieces of bread clipped into the common dish. The bread so dipped is called a sop.” So, after Jesus gave Judas this morsel, the Bible tells us that Satan entered into Judas.

My friend, we must watch out for these warning signs in our own lives if we are going to avoid adopting this dangerous spirit: Are we selfish? Do we love the Lord for him or for what He can do for us? Are we serving Him because we truly want His work done in the earth? Do we love money more than we love God? Do we place too much importance on money in our lives? We must consider why we are really serving God. If we don’t keep these two issues in check, we leave a doorway open for the devil to step in to our lives and drive us to betray God, Jesus Christ, and the work that He wants done in our lives, in the lives of people in the church, in the lives of people in the world.

+ Plus, listen to Matt Redman singing “10,000 Reasons” and Byron Cage singing “Great and Mighty”