People Who Were There
Message #9 in a series on New Testament Personalities

Judas Iscariot

Read : Mark 14:10-21

Text : Mark 14:21 (KJV) The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.

Theme : It is better to never be born at all than to be born, but not born again.


Introduction:

Why did Judas betray Jesus? One of the most hotly debated topics in history.
1.) Greed, covetousness.
"For the love of money is the root of all evil..." 1 Timothy 6:10
"...he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was therein." John 12:6b
"Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where He were, he should shew it, that they might take Him." John 11:57
"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." Matthew 26:15
"And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money." Mark 14:11
2.) Ambition.
3.) Satanic influence.
"Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve." Luke 22:3
"And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him..." John 13:2
And after the sop, Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly." John 13:27
It can be debated endlessly, and we will only know for sure when we get to heaven.
 
However, Judas Iscariot is used by God to teach us an amazing truth, stated plainly by the Lord in verse 21: "...good were it for that man if he had never been born."
 
Judas Iscariot teaches us that it is better to never be born at all than to be born, but not born again!
 


I. Judas played the game well.

(But it's possible to play the game well and lose.)

A. He ran with the right crowd.
(Peter, James, John!)
(Jesus, Himself!)
B. He went to the right places.
1. He was there where the miracles took place.
ILLUS. Raising of Lazarus
ILLUS. Feeding of 5000,4000
2. He was there where the preaching took place.
ILLUS. Sermon on the mount
ILLUS. Parables
ILLUS. Rich man and Lazarus - Luke 16
3. He was there where the commissioning took place.
ILLUS. Sending out of the 70, 2 by 2.
C. He held a position of honor.
"...he ...had the bag, and bare what was therein." John 12:6b
D. He fooled EVERY MAN! (vss. 18-19)
E. But he NEVER fooled the Lord.
"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..." John 6:70-71
"For He knew who should betray Him..." John 13:11
"Then Judas, which betrayed Him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said." Matthew 26:25
"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." John 6:26
QUOTE Captain Penny, "You can fool..."
QUOTE "Jesus can see the most tightly guarded and hidden areas of your heart, just as easily as you and I look through a window on a sunlit day!"

II. Judas was LOST!

A. NOT because he was predestined to be so.
B. NOT because he betrayed Jesus!
C. ONLY because he did not believe.
1. Jesus said UNBELIEF is what damned Judas.
READ John 6:64-71
2. Unbelief is what damns ALL who are lost.
"But the fearful, and unbelieving... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Rev. 21:8
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:16
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36

III. Judas had a choice

A. Jesus could have told the other disciples.
QUOTE - "All He had to do was tell the other eleven what Judas was planning, and Judas would never have left that room alive." William Barclay
B. Jesus could have used His omnipotence.
"Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4
SONG "Ten Thousand Angels":
He could have called ten thousand angels
To destroy the world, and set Him free,
He could have called ten thousand angels,
But He died alone, for you and me.
C. But Jesus allowed Judas to choose.
1. He let him know that He knew.
2. He appealed to him in love.
3. He washed his feet!
4. He allowed him to betray Him.
"And after the sop, Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly." John 13:27


Conclusion:

Judas played the game well, but he was not really one of the players, for he was lost!

Judas was LOST for the same reason that people are lost today, because they do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died to take away the sin of the world, that He rose from the dead on the third day and ever liveth to make intercession for us, and that He now commands all men everywhere to repent!

Judas was LOST for the same reason that people are lost today, because they will not "call upon the name of the Lord" or "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" that they might be saved!

Judas had the same opportunity that you have today. At any time, he could have believed and been saved. However, Jesus never forced him.

And Jesus never forces anyone! IT IS YOUR CHOICE!

You can be saved RIGHT NOW, if you so choose:

"Come now, and let us reason together saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18

"For as many as RECEIVED HIM..." John 1:12

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, THOU SHALT BE SAVED." Romans 10:9

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and THOU SHALT BE SAVED." Acts 16:31

But "woe to that man (who chooses to not accept Christ)... good were it for that man if he had never been born."

QUOTE Warren Wiersbe, "If you have never been born again, one day you will wish that you had not been born at all!"


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