THE BETRAYAL OF GOD
Judas is not a very popular
name now. But such has not always been the case. When Judas’ parents gave him that name it was a very popular Jewish
name, and carried much great history. The parents of Judas had high hopes for their child just as all good parents do. They
hoped that he would live up to his name which means "praise to the Lord". They hoped that he would live a life that would
bring praise to the Lord. Such was not to be case however. Now his name lives in infamy. You look up the word traitor in a
thesaurus, and you will find among the words which are synomous....the name Judas !
Oh how he fell ! How could it have
happened ? How could one with so much promise, and potential fall to such depths ?
When the Lord announced
that one of them would betray him, the disciples begin to ask.......Lord, it is I ? This morning we must be careful that the
same thing that happened to Judas doesn’t happen to us. How could one of the chosen twelve end up betraying the Lord
for 30 pieces of silver ?
I. What Judas Witnessed !
1. He witnessed the Master.
A. Oh what a privilege
he had ! Oh what possibilities !
B. He had the opportunity
to walk in the footprints of
Judas observed the Master at work.
2. He witnessed the Multitudes.
A. Judas was witness to the
throngs of people who came
B. Judas had the opportunity
to be more than just one in a
1. He was in that inner circles of followers, the 12
3. He witnessed the Miracles.
A. Judas witnessed
the Lord healing those that were sick.
1. He saw the Lord cause the blinded eyes to see, the
lame to walk. the dead returned to life, and those filled
with demons set free !
2. He saw the miraculous provision of the Lord when
he fed the thousands.
4. He witnessed the Messages.
A. Judas heard
the greatest sermons ever delivered.
1. The warnings
2. The comfort (Mat.11:28)
3. The condemnation
II. What Judas Wasted !
1. The opportunity to be converted. (Mt 18:3)(JH 3:3)
2. The opportunity to be clean.(Jh.13:10-11)
3. The opportunity to be changed. (II Cort. 5:17)
III. What Judas Wanted.
1. Judas wanted power.
A. Probably his biggest problem
he was power hungry.
1. Perhaps he hoped that Jesus would start a revolution,
overthrow Roman rule. He hoped to be a part of
and occupy some place of importance.
2. Judas wanted possessions.
A. Judas was the treasurer,
and was a thief.
1. It was he that showed indignation that Mary would
pour out the precious ointment upon the Lord Jesus.
He acted as though he would have preferred that the
ointment been sold, and money given to the poor, but
he actually had no concern for the poor, but was
only after what he could get for himself !
3. Judas wanted a price.
A. He would betray the
Lord for the right price.
The price turned out to be 30 pieces of silver !
IV. Where Judas Went !
1. He went into
A. He went out from
the lighted room into darkness !
B. He went
from Son light to Devil darkness
2. He went to his death. (Matt
3. He went to his determined
place. (Acts 1:25)
A. By rejecting the
Lord Jesus Christ, he went to his
chosen destination. He went to his own place. He went