Sunday, January 21, 2018

 

Scripture: John 6:64-71 (NIV)

 

Subject: "We all Need a Judas in our Life"

 

 

I: The "We all Need" series began during Saint James Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship. The series is designed to stress how vitally important it is to be connected to and in relationship with the right people. Jim Rohn's statement "you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with," has become the thesis of this series. So far, sermons have been preached about why we all need a Gabriel, Gad, Nathan, Daniel and Rahab in our lives. 

 

 

II: The theological tension of this text is, why in the world would Jesus with all of his wisdom, supernatural power, anointing and discernment choose someone like Judas to be in his circle? Judas was not only in Jesus circle, he was the treasurer of the team (John 13:29). Judas did not start out being a traitor or betrayer. Some things happen in his life that caused him to become those things. There is scriptural support that: 1) Satan used him (John 13:2, 27) and 2) jealousy and greed consumed him (John 12:4-6). Whenever you have friends that become agents for Satan and jealous of your success, they can very easily turn into a Judas. 

 

 

III: Jesus teaches us that we all need a Judas in our life because Judas teaches us......

 

#1) No matter how close they are to you, they can not stop or destroy the plan God has for you (John 6:71)

 

-Judas was a part of Jesus inner circle.

 

-Jesus refers to Judas as "a devil" in verse 70 of John Chapter 6 but look what happens after that. Jesus heals a man born blind, raises Lazarus from the grave, has a parade in Jerusalem, is resurrected from the grave and has a retreat/reunion on the beach after his Resurrection. 

 

-Judas will teach you that your life does not end when they betray you or leave you, it actually begins!

 

-One writer noted: "Everyone who is in your life is meant to be a part of your journey but not all of them are meant to stay."

 

 

#2) Sometimes, God uses the devils agents to open our doors (Luke 22:22)

 

-Luke 22:22: "The son of man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him."

 

-If it were not for Judas (and others) salvation would not be available today.

 

-Judas helped open the door to salvation by selling Jesus out.

 

-One scholar noted: "This servant of the devil performed a task necessary in the opening of salvation to the world."

 

 

#3) What they are full of in the end (Acts 1:18)

 

-Acts 1:18: "With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out."

 

-All the crap that was in Judas came out of Judas in the end.

 

-You do not have to touch Judas, talk bad about Judas or try to get Judas back. Judas will destroy himself without you putting your hands or mouth on them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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