Surely not I: Matthew 26.21-22 VOTD

“And while they were eating he said, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.’ They became greatly distressed and each one began to say to him, ‘Surely not I, Lord?'”

Matthew 26.21-22

Jesus announced ahead of time what would happen to him, so that the disciples might prepare and might know that it was God’s plan. They remained clueless, however.

Instead of self-examination, the disciples reacted in a knee-jerk fashion when Jesus said one of them would betray him and denied that any of them would do it. Let Bible warnings cause us to examine our hearts and motives.

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11-4-2016 A Worthless Life

“The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born” (Matthew 26:24 NKJV).  Jesus had stopped the Sadducees with: “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29 NKJV).  Jesus condemned the willful hypocrisy of the Pharisees with: “Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:33 NKJV).  But only of the betrayer, Judas Iscariot, did Jesus say, his life amounted to absolutely nothing!  Betrayal is the sin that made Judas’ life worthless.  When Jesus’ enemies came for Him, “Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them” (John 18:5 NKJV).  A betrayer has sided with enemies, not friends or family!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Did Judas Know?

Matthew 26:21-25, ” Now as they were eating, He said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.’ And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, ‘Lord, is it I?’ He answered and said, ‘He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me.’The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.’ Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, ‘Rabbi, is it I?’ He said to him, ‘You have said it.'”

Two things are curious about Judas.

First, it appears from this passage that  he did not know he would betray Jesus (Luke 22:3)

Second, none of the apostles thought Judas was capable of such evil (John 13:26-30).

What comments do you have?

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The Betrayal of Jesus – Final Segment

Jesus was betrayed by an overwrought follower. Judas reacted to his sin in the wrong way. He was overcome with grief – Mt 27:3 “Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,”. He took the wrong course of action by hanging himself – Mt 27:5 “And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.”

We can react to our sins the same way. There are two kinds of sorrow – 2 Co 7:10 “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” Sorrow of the world produces death. Godly sorrow produces repentance. — The first sorrow is preoccupied with self; the second is sorrow for sinning against God. It is natural to be sorrowful for our sins. But we should not wallow in our grief, but repent, as did Peter who denied Christ. Paul is another example of one who did not let sins of the past hinder service in the present. He focused on God’s grace which gave him another chance – 1 Co 15:9-10 “For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” He directed his attention on striving for the upward call of God – Ph 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

While Jesus was betrayed by all these things, let’s not forget the influence of Satan… Satan used Judas to betray Jesus – Lk 22:3-4 “Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them.” Satan put it in Judas’ heart to betray Jesus – Jn 13:2 “During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,”. — For this reason Jesus referred to Judas as “a devil” – Jn 6:70-71 “Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.” Yet how did Satan influence Judas? By some of the very things we’ve noticed… Through his love of money; through his emotionalism; through his mistaken ideas and through his preoccupation with self. — Even Peter was influenced by Satan through some of these things (Mt 16:23 “But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”‘) And so while we may decry the treachery of Judas, we should humbly learn from his mistakes, taking to heart the words of Peter:
“ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” – 1 Pe 5:9-10

The purpose in my posting these segments was that of introspect for asking, “Am I betraying Jesus unknowingly by not looking into myself?” I have, Will you do the same? We need to take the possibility seriously.

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The Betrayal of Jesus Matt. 26:47-50 V

Jesus was betrayed by a mistaken disciple. Judas mistook the consequences of his action. He evidently didn’t think Jesus would be condemned – Mt 27:3-4 “Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”‘ This has prompted some to think that Judas was motivated by more than money. That perhaps his betrayal would force Jesus to act, show His true power. That in such a way it would demonstrate who Jesus truly was.

We can be guilty of mistaken service by thinking our service is acceptable, when it is not – Mt 7:21-23 ‘”Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'” We can be guilty of mistaken service by thinking we can improve on God’s way, when His ways may not be ours – Isa 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We need to head the Preacher’s advice – Ecc 5:1-2 “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.” Come to hear and do what He says. Do not presume to know what pleases God and offer what we think is best. In our zeal, we may be guilty of acting based on mistaken knowledge (Ro 10:1-3 “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”). Dare we possibly betray Jesus by presuming we know what is according to His will and plan?

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The Betrayal Of Jesus Matthew 26:47-50 IV

Jesus was betrayed by a show of affection. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. He could have pointed… perhaps he sought to soften the blow of betrayal – Mt 26:48-49 “Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus noted the obvious contradiction – Lk 22:47-48 “While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”‘

Displays of affection don’t ensure faithfulness. Many people are very emotional in their religion as displayed in their worship. Believing it to be evidence of being “Spirit- filled”. Yet emotions alone are not a reliable guide. They can easily mislead us – Pro 16:25 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”; Jer 10:23 “I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.”; 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” These emotions are often present in the unstable believer – Mt 13:20-21 “As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.” This is not to discount the place and value of emotions. We are to love God with all our heart and with all our mind – Mt 22:37-38 “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” The Spirit does produce fruit in our lives that affects our emotions – Ga 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” But we must keep them in the proper order: Our emotions must come from faith, not faith coming from emotions otherwise we are led by emotionalism, not faith — And true faith comes from the Word of God – Ro 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”; Jn 20:30-31 “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” If we believe that displays of affection in our religion can make up for our failure to heed God’s Word, we deceive ourselves and betray Jesus in the process!

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The Betrayal Of Jesus Matthew 26:47-50 III

Jesus was betrayed by a lover of money. Money was a problem for Judas. He often pilfered from the money box of the disciples – Jn 12:4-6 “But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.” The opportunity to make some money led him to betray Jesus – Mt 26:14-16 “Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.”

Money can be a problem for us. The deceitfulness of riches can render us unfruitful – Mt 13:22 “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” The desire for riches and the love of money can lead us to stray from the faith and drown in destruction and perdition – 1 Ti 6:9-10 “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” The Laodiceans’ preoccupation with wealth made them lukewarm – Re 3:16-17 “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Could we be guilty of betraying Jesus by our desire for riches, letting such things take precedent over our service to God and His church?

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The Betrayal Of Jesus II

What might we learn from “The Betrayal Of Jesus”? Lest we follow the same path of Judas, let’s
reflect for a few moments on what we can glean from the Scriptures… Jesus was betrayed by a close friend. Judas was no stranger to Jesus. As already mentioned, he was one of the apostles – Mt 10:2-4 “The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” He was among those whom Jesus loved – Jn 13:1 “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” Yet as prophesied, Jesus was betrayed by “a familiar friend” – Psa 41:9 “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.”

Being close to Jesus is no guarantee. Just being His disciples is no assurance we could not betray Him. Like several of the churches in Asia Minor, we could leave our first love – Re 2:4-5 “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” We could begin to tolerate false doctrine – Re 2:14-16 “But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.” We could permit false teachers to spread their doctrines – Re 2:20 “But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.” We could fail to perfect our works, and not be watchful – Re 3:1-3 “‘And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.” We could become lukewarm – Re 3:15-16 ‘”‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Yes, we can betray Jesus by denying Him who bought us – 2 Pe 2:1 “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.” Therefore we need to heed Jesus’ admonition to be “faithful unto death” (Re 2:10 “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”), and not assume that close proximity to Jesus in the past guarantees faithfulness in the future.

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Betrayal of Jesus I

The Betrayal Of Jesus
Matthew 26:47-50

Certainly one of the saddest moments in the life of Jesus was His betrayal by Judas… One of Jesus’ closest disciples, even one of His twelve apostles – Mt 26:47-50 “While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.” Judas had been privileged to be a part of Jesus’ ministry here on earth – Ac 1:17 “For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.”‘ What led Judas to betray his Lord and Savior? How could one who had been with Jesus, seen His miracles, heard His teachings, betray Him with a kiss? What about us, who claim to be Jesus’ disciples today? Could we be guilty of betraying Jesus in some way? Are there things that misled Judas that could have a similar effect on us?

I Will be posting each day some ways that we can betray Jesus for your thought and consideration.

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