When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
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.
Here we have a sad passage of scripture. Judas realizes his decision to reject Christ has brought Christ to condemnation and seeing this, Judas repents himself… but it is too late.
Judas runs out of that office and head to find some way to try to make things right for what he had done. He had turned his back on the very Son of God.
What happened? How? Why? When?
You see, Judas was not a backslidden disciple. Judas was not the worldly one that everyone thought would be the betrayer… Judas was a disciple.
Judas was just as much a disciple as Peter, John, James, Matthew, Luke, etc
Judas finds a field and sits down recounting the awful thing he had done… weeping…
I. Judas Knew The Place
When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.
And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.
Judas knew where Jesus met with the disciples. He knew the place of prayer. He knew the place of preaching. He knew where Jesus taught them. He knew the place. He had been to church, Sunday school, youth department, camp, Bible College, youth conference, youth activities, and Christian School. He knew the place. He knew how to get in, how to dress, how to act, how to look, how to “fit in.” Just like we know the place. We know the place. We are just like Judas. We know how to “fit in.”
Judas walks the field, remembering walking through the fields with Jesus…
II. He Knew The Pity (LOVE)
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
Judas saw the pity, love, compassion, charity, mercy, and care of Jesus. Judas wanted to take this ointment and sell it to make money, but Jesus wanted to honor this lady’s service.
We have seen the Lord’s love, compassion, charity, mercy, and care. He has loved us. He has loved our families. He has provided for us and our families. He has blessed us and our families.
We know the pity. Judas thinks of all the people he met, won and served with while with Jesus….
III. He Knew The People
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.
Judas was chosen as one of the Twelve Disciples. He was with these men for three and a half years. He knew the people around Jesus. He knew Peter, James, John, Matthew, Barth, Luke, James, Judas, and Simon. He knew the blind man that received sight, the lame man that could walk, Nicodemus, and the woman with the issue of blood. We, likewise, know the people. We know the Preachers. We know the Youth Pastors. We know the Sunday School Teachers. We know the Christian School Teachers. We know the men and women in the Church. We know the bus kids. We know the senior citizens. We know the other teenagers. We know the people.
Judas spots a tree with a low branch…
IV. He Knew The Promise
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
Judas knew how to commit. He knew how to make a promise. He knew what it meant to make a decision. He knew how to promise.
We know how to promise too, don’t we? We know how to make an agreement, to come to a decision, to give a part of us to a promised purpose… we have done it hundreds of times..
We know how to promise. He finds a rope and ties a knot…
V. He Knew The Preaching
And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.
And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
He stands and listens to the “Sermon on the Mount”. He heard every message Jesus preached. He saw every miracle. He was there. He heard the Word from the very lips of Jesus. He knew the preaching. We know the preaching too. We have heard it all before. We have heard sermons on standards, soul winning, salvation, separation, surrender, and all of it. We know the preaching. We can almost guess what is going to be preached when they turn to a passage. We know the preaching.
He begins to climb the tree… rope around his neck…
VI. He Knew The Part to Play
And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.
And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.
As Judas was planning to show them who to grab, he knew how to fit in with the group. He knew the way to walk, the way to dress, what to say, and what to do. He knew the part to play. I’m afraid too often we know the part to play. We know how to meet the requirements, we know how to barely stay in the rules, we know what words to say to peoples face, we know the actions, and we know the part to play…
VII. He Knew The Power of God
Matt 10:1-4, 5a, 7-8
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The 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 publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
These twelve Jesus sent forth, And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Jesus gave Judas power. Judas had the power of God on his life at one time. God used Him in a great way. He knew the power of God. He knew what it felt like to win a soul to Christ. He knew what it felt like to get others to come to hear Jesus. He knew the power! Remember when God gave you power? When you lead that first soul to Christ? When you had someone come to church because you invited them? God gave you power. You know the Power.
There is Judas, rope now fastened tight around his neck… standing on the edge of the branch….
VIII. He Knew The Possibility of Repentance
And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
Here he is, He has turned Jesus over to the enemy, yet Jesus looks at Judas and calls him “FRIEND”. WOW! One last chance. Judas knew the possibility of repentance. He had another shot, even though he had been with them for three and a half years and hadn’t accept Christ as Savior , Jesus gave him another chance. Here you sit my friend, with a possibility of repentance. Don’t pass this opportunity up. You have the opportunity, as Judas did, to know the power of repentance. Jesus will save your soul and put you on your way to Heaven if you only ask him to forgive your sin.
Judas jumps from the branch. Hanging himself on the tree. Judas opens his eyes in Hell and realizes that:
- He Knew The Place
- He Knew The Pity(LOVE)
- He Knew The People
- He Knew The Promise
- He Knew The Preaching
- He Knew The Part to Play
- He Knew The Power of God
- He Knew The Possibility of Repentance
I. HE DID NOT KNOW THE PERSON
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
You see it’s not about Rules, it’s about a relationship. It’s not a job, it’s about joy. It’s not a look, it’s about the Book. It’s not about songs, it’s about the reason we sing. It’s not about standards, it’s about the Standard Bearer. It’s not a calling, it’s the Caller. It’s not what I do, it’s Who I do it for. It’s not what I don’t do, its Who I am pleasing by not doing it. Judas missed it. Even though, we are saved, we have missed it too. Everything else falls apart without a relationship with God. That must be my primary objective. To know, to love, to please, to be like, to honor, to praise, to glorify Him.
Otherwise we have missed it, and sooner or later, we end up like Judas.
II. He Knew The Price- No Relationship
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
You May Know The Place, You May Know The Pity (LOVE)
You May Know The People
You May Know The Promise
You May Know The Preaching
You May Know The Part to Play
You May Know The Power of God
How is Your Relationship?
You may know the Place, you may know the Pity, you may know the People, you may know the Promise, you may know the Preaching, you may know the Part to Play, you may know the Power of God, but how is your Relationship? If you do not have a relationship with God, all you must do is confess your sin to God and ask Him to forgive you. If you are saved, then you must seek to restore that relationship that was one sweet and fresh. How is your relationship?