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The Permanent Fall of Judas

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May 10, 2021 8:00 am

The Permanent Fall of Judas

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May 10, 2021 8:00 am

Judas spent years with Jesus. He heard Christ's teaching firsthand, witnessed his miracles, and saw his perfection. Yet Judas perished miserably in his sin. Coming up on The Bible Study Hour, Dr. James Boice will use the life and death of Judas to teach about true repentance. Remorse and repentance are not the same thing. Remorse involves only regret and guilt, and even Judas felt it. Repentance is something more... repentance leads from death to life.

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Judas spent years with Jesus. He heard Christ teaching firsthand witness to his miracles, saw his perfection yet Judas perished miserably in his sin coming up on the Bible study our Dr. James Boyce will use the life and death of Judas to teach about true repentance and welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically, remorse and repentance are not the same thing. Remorse involves only regret and guilt and even Judas felt it. Repentance is something more.

Repentance leads from death to life, let's learn the different says Dr. Boyce teaches from Matthew 27 gum today on our study of the Gospel of Matthew the 27th chapter than the 27th chapter. Matthew begins by telling us how Jesus was handed over to the Gentiles in the person of Pilate, the Roman governor lets in full accord with the Old Testament Scriptures as well as with Jason's own prediction of what was going to happen.

Matthew is recorded in earlier in the 20th chapter, Jesus told the disciples as they were making their way up to Jerusalem for the final time. We're going up to Jerusalem and the Son of Man will be betrayed. The chief priests and the teachers of the law will condemn him to death and they'll turn them over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised to life unless what Matthew was about to describe is going to tell of the trial mocking the flogging crucifixion and eventually the resurrection before he does that he pauses for a few verses to tell us about the fate of Judas. Chapter 27 begins a new section plan but it's also a link to what goes before we were talking about Peter and his denial of Christ which is recounted at the very end of chapter 26. I said that that is deliberately they are in order to link up with something that goes before as well. As this which follows after it links up with the testimony and trial of Jesus used Peter in a sense on trial cases gives a good testimony, Peter gives a bad testimony.

Jesus tells the truth. Peter lives here. We have a contrast between Peter and Judas. I pointed out that Peter's follow-up terrible and serious fall was nevertheless temporary fall ball of Judas that we have recorded here is permanent. Jesus told Peter that he had prayed for, and therefore he would recover it when he had turned around and come back he was to strengthen his brethren were in danger of doing the same sort of thing. But Jesus had no prayer like that for Judas. Matter fact that great high priestly prayer of our Lord, recorded in John 1780 seems to distinguish very clearly between those who had been given him by the father, for whom he prays, and all the rest room. He doesn't pray. I said several times already.

When we talked about Judas because he's come up earlier in the gospel that he is a great warning to Christian people are alleged Christian people as here's a man who spent years in the company of Jesus Christ. He heard the best sermons are good ever be preach, she saw moral purity and flawless perfection you never find anything as good as that in the church today, yet he fell away was not a safe man. He betrayed master Peter I think was aware of that kind of danger read, close himself in one of fall of Jesus hadn't prayed for them and so is Peter who gives that charge to Christian people. When he says in his second letter. Therefore, brothers beef all the more eager to make your calling and election sure because of you do these things will never fail and you receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I when I asked the question what did Judas experience as a result of his betrayal of Jesus Christ wasn't experience of triumphant success.

On the other hand, what he really experience was a terrible remorse, even to the point of acute and profound self-loathing. Yet the important thing is less remorse even when it is accompanied by self loathing as this was is not biblical repentance, and it does not in itself leads to faith and salvation. Matthew probably has indicating this in the Greek text because he drops the normal work that would be used for repentance that are not alcohol any subsidence.

Another word for it. If very close but is not the word you would normally expect. But even without that change of words is very clear as you read this, the Judas is remorse was quite different from Peterson Peter's quite different from Judas peters was it true repentance. Peter was across, we went out and wept textiles as he wept bitterly.

Judas didn't weep knew that what he had done was wrong. He regretted that he had done it, but is remorse didn't drive him to repentance. Repentance would've turned into Jesus. Instead, his sense of undertone. Guilt actually drove them further away.

I was worth looking at what he said he makes a confession here. It has two parts. In the first part has to do with his own sin. He said I have sent you see in verse four. Don't you, I have sinned. True enough, but many people have confessed their sin without making the slightest difference in their lives through repentance is the same thing as conversion means is a full 180 turn going in one direction you turn around a 480 and you go the other direction when preacher was preaching on one occasion, he said I want you to reprint. I don't want you to do it halfheartedly.

I wanted to be a full 360 hundred 80 is far enough, but it has to be hundred and 80, 90, will do and say what Judas was doing was the 90.

Let me illustrate that the summer I had an opportunity of teaching Bible study Fellowship leaders San Antonio Dr. Walter Kaiser was one of the other teachers and he was telling about a man that he had counseled somewhat early in his ministry man had been a very successful surgeon distinguish Dr. but he begun to drink it had ruined his practice. He lost his job, he lost his house all of his income. Finally, eventually, his family, his wife Lester meet beta mess of himself and became Walter Kaiser to talk about it and said what in the world. Should I do well said what he should've said. He said you need to repent of it. You need to confess your sin, then turned to Jesus Christ and trust him as your Savior memset. How do you do that, he said your price and how do you pry as I did talk to God. Just like you would talk to anyone else. And so that's what the man did.

He began by saying hello God's me I'm here and I just want to say I I've made a mess of my life. I made a mess of everything anyone confess all these terrible things that he had done he did for about 15 minutes while Kaiser was delighted that this splendid. I never heard a confession like that before, but all of a sudden he stopped and Kaiser said to them, well, one that's good now you need to ask God for forgiveness and trust him as your Savior. And at this man suddenly drew himself upright. He squared his shoulders and he literally shouted out now that is one thing I will never do. I will never ask forgiveness for anything what he had done is made 90 turn, but he didn't do the rest of it, which would lead him eventually the faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Something else that Judas contrasts and what Judas confesses that Jesus was innocent but interesting is that I have send the additive that I have betrayed innocent blood. Nellis again.

That was a true statement.

Judas and certainly send in Jesus Christ certainly was innocent.

It was a powerful testimony to Jesus. Flawless character, and it carries all the more weight because it's coming from one it was not Jesus friend. It's the sort of thing we would expect John, sorry but there is Judas the betrayer.

I have betrayed innocent blood.

Let me say confessing the innocence of Jesus Christ in and by itself, is never saved a single soul. Many people of Dunlap any people are doing that today. This is what Pilate did at the time of the trial three times over Pilate, the Roman governor confess that Jesus Christ was innocent of any charge of the been brought against them. You find it in John 18 verse 38 and two more times in chapter 19 verses four and six and Pilate still turn Jesus over to be crucified.

This is Judas betrayed him, told a little later on at the time of the crucifixion that even the crowds stood by and witnessed the crucifixion said shortly. He was the son of God is nothing in the context to indicate that any of them pass from spiritual death, spiritual life here what's going on what's happening, of course, is a Judas is trying to make atonement for his sin as many people do they do things wrongly think well, and confess that I'm a sinner.

They say well I'll come and do good deeds like all sorts of things people want to do. They want to make atonement for their sins, but they can't do it. No human being can make atonement for his sin or for anybody else's sin. There's only one being in the entire universe.

I can do that and that is Jesus Christ. The reason they can do it is because he is more than a mere man is God. God become man in order to Diane flesh for our sin and its Jesus makes atonement is a Judas didn't want to accept that and so we perished sin. Let me give you two contrasting illustrations versus the picture that Shakespeare is given as Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, along with her husband's had murdered Duncan Scotland's King course of the murder that takes place early in the play. She had gotten blood on her hands and ever after. When she looks at her hands in her imagination she saw the incriminating blotch trying to get rid of it. She would wash her hands again and again. Nothing she did whatever get the stain out. She says one poignant moment in the play walks will ease hands there be clean when answer is no I will not and she goes on here is the smell of blood still all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little McBeth husband says much the same thing because he's caught up in the same crime. He asked this question will all great ocean wash this blood clean from my hand. No, this by hand will rather the multitudinous season karma died, making the green one red. Nothing. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth could ever do.

It would make atonement for their sin, the guilt of their sin clung to them as one can make atonement for seven is Jesus Christ the righteous who died for sins just like their sins that you have committed. If you will trust him. I said to illustrations was the second one. It's from a poem by Robert Herrick, Eric Roda, half a generation or so after Shakespeare.

He was a Christian and he thought of his salvation in comparison with that task that had been set for the mystical hero Hercules Hercules was given these great tasks to perform in one of them was to clean the filthy stables of King August work.

Many of the horses was a vast area. How could it be done.

He did eventually by diverting a river flow through the stables and wash them out, but Herrick picked up on that and compare that stable was parked. Here's the way roach Lord I confess that thou alone are able to purify this audience stable sees all water and the lambs also apply blood not wash me. There's no hope Herrick saw it exactly right.

We need cleansing all right because were sinners.

We didn't atonement all right, but we can't make it that atonement has to be made by Jesus Christ the righteous dust.

Letty wrote about it we sing about everything about it in a number of our hymns as no surprise that we do because of courses is the very heart of Christianity. Jesus doing for us what we can't do for ourselves. Ladies him rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in the let the water and the blood from light ribbon slide which flowed be of sin the double cure, cleanse me from its guilt and power or again, sometimes saying what can wash away my sin. The answer is nothing but the blood of Jesus, Judas either didn't know that her Judas didn't believe it because Judas turned his back on Jesus Christ was his only hope. When he did that he perished sin. I want to break that a moment and deal with a couple problems here which had to do with the death it's almost ashamed to do it in the midst of a sermon like that.

I meant to come back to some of these things in the moment, but I have to do it because it's in people's minds are a couple problems here. One is that contrasts between what Matthew says what is repeated in different ways.

In the book of acts concerning the death of Judas send the other question has to do with this reference that we find in Matthew Matthew says, then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled. I took the 30 silver coins, a price set on him by the people of Israel and they use them the by the potter's field as the Lord had commanded me to just look at each as of the first is the matter of the death itself. Matthew is the only one of the four Gospel writers to give an account actually of the death of Judas, although as I say, is referred to in acts 20 says here about the death of Judas seems to be different from what is said in acts and acts it says with the reward he got for his wickedness. Judas went and bought a field, he fell headlong his body burst open all his intestines spilled out of everyone in Jerusalem heard about this so they called the field in their language. I called Dom that is the field of blood you put that together. It seems to be two entirely different things. I think this is simply a case we don't have sufficient data to reconstruct the entire picture you can imagine how it might happen were not sure how it happened, we can conjecture that he hand himself, which is what Matthew says he did that his body fell into the ravine. Somewhat later that he had to either purchase the steel before hand himself or that the money was used by the priest to purchase it afterwords in the main kind of the place afterwards as we don't know exactly how we put it together but it's not inconsistent.

Whatever way we look at it is terrible in this rather terrible man this matter. This person Jeremiah was a bit more problematic. And the reason that's problematic is this there is no verse in Jeremiah, like one Matthew Seitz or something like it in Zachariah I, 11, 12 and 13. Zachariah is writing about potter 30 pieces of silver talks about throwing the money into the house of the Lord, but those verses are not about a person who betrays the Messiah and there's nothing about buying a field the other hand, Jeremiah 19 there is a symbolic action which Jeremiah lies in and breaks up potter's jar. It symbolizes the destruction of the nation and in the 32nd chapter of Jeremiah he does by a field doesn't have anything to do with 30 pieces of silver.

Question, how do you put that together. Well, a lot of explanations, some people say.

Matthew just made a mistake what you expect liberal scholars to say some would say it's a copy of stair Matthew roach Zachariah but a copy S.Jeremiah instead easy way out of course you just rewrite the text. Some suggested.

Matthew knew another book by Jeremiah. That's a possibility. There are other books referred to by the prophets that we don't clamp some suggested Jeremiah actually wrote the words of Zachariah borrows, or perhaps at the scroll Matthew was using began with Jeremiah and minor prophets were tacked on. But I would be an awfully long scroll various exclamations like the best is probably simply to say that he's referring to a variety of these Old Testament ideas and he's combining them sort of dislike principles that you have on the Old Testament suggested ideas all come together in Jesus Christ.

That's the way DA Carson handled.

I've often said that my judgment is probably the best contemporary scholar on Matthew and he summarizes it this way, says Matthew season.

Jeremiah 19 and in Zachariah 11, not merely a number of verbal and thematic parallels to Jesus betrayal but a pattern of apostasy and rejection that finds its ultimate fulfillment in the rejection of Jesus was cheaply valued.

It was rejected by the Jews in his betrayal money was put to a purpose appointed to the destruction of the nation any case, this is role of all this was certainly known to God planned by God because it says in John 1812 that he was appointed to this and from the beginning.

Let's get back to the story. I look at a few more lessons that come from a on the first lesson is this learned partners and evil are not friends very common to speak as we do of honor among thieves.

We sort of imagine wonderful robber brotherhood where like the Three Musketeers, one for all and all for one, the reality is anything but that those who share and evil actions aren't friends and the reason they're not is that each one of them is evil. They don't live for one another or to help one another. Christians do their words in the world at that point but evil persons look for themselves and one a comrade gets in trouble are the first ones to bailout or as we say dump all of the blame on him. I want him to take the fall so they can escape is exactly what happens here when Judas went into the priests wanted to return the money. They said what's left us at your responsibility.

So I warn you, that's how your evil friends will treat you if you spend time with them and link up with them.

Judas and his confession should've meant something quite different to them because of Judas and sentence against innocent blood as he claimed he had one and so when they because they are the one who would engage them in this I had can them Jesus to death on the testimony of Judas who had actually been the one who brought a man and so they were even more guilty than they were of Judas had not made an accusation, Jesus would not of come to that point, but he had and he had betrayed him. Salom said what is that Ausley should've said to themselves, that means everything.

The salon was responsible for the betrayals outgoing back on what he said it was declaring the one who he had turned in to be innocent. They needed to repent of their sin to they didn't do it anymore than Judas did it, and so they also perish.

They were actually hardened, hardened to the point of despair is one more bad thing.

We have to see about sin and that is its course is always downhill you to set a bad end but it didn't happen all at once was a product of a lifetime of small decisions. Remember Judas betrayal of the son of God. At one time was an innocent looking baby smiling up in the face of his mother while being held in his mother's arms along the way he began to live herself. He began to deteriorate and eventually came to the sand and what can we say about well, we don't know a lot about it. We don't know anything about his childhood or his young manhood. But what were told about him is this. First of all, he was greedy he was one of The disciples money is one who complained when Mary broke the ointment poured it out over Jesus had. He said that could have been sold for a lot of money and the money given to the poor text points out, he didn't really care about the poor excuse to take money from the treasury and use it on himself.

We can imagine him being very angry by what was happening his anger at what Jesus was doing was because of the betrayal and returns of men for 30 pieces of silver. Not a whole lot of money but he seems to said to himself. This is not going anywhere. I better cut my losses and get out so we did it for what he could get. Secondly, we know he betrayed Jesus on every disappointment. Lisa will betrayal but this one did, because he was bitterly disappointed. We really was a greedy man if he was thinking in terms of himself and not Jesus Christ is the one. It was the Savior, then we can imagine that he was practiced exultant floor what the disciples experience and some lesser level they thought Jesus was going to be the Messiah would bring in the kingdom and to be brought in the kingdom and establish an earthly kingdom will then they would have positions of power alongside of Jesus. I must've been what Judas wanted and when it finally dawned on them. Jesus was and headed for that kind of a kingdom as a matter of fact he was speaking of death is that I don't have anything to do with. I wasted three years I meant to get back at him because of what he did me see how sin intensifies how hatred grows on the final thing is this Judas despaired and died. He must've been telling himself when he was in the midst of the betrayal that he was right to act the way he did Jesus let him down. He was going to get back to Jesus. I was all right, but when I got right down to it was something about the reality of the situation that broke through to him even though we didn't repent. He did realize what he done. That is an amazing thing is that no matter how much we can lie to ourselves and force ourselves on and someone righteous path. Sooner or later the reality of the situation gets through to us is what happened here.

Reality broke through, but sadly it didn't lead real repentance only led to remorse so he committed suicide and he died. Sentence all that is meant to be a warning. I don't want to end exactly on that negative note. I want to remind you of something else. I took some time to look through the Bible to see a number of places in the Bible were these words, I have sinned, occur. I found that they are there. According to my count seven times as they were uttered by seven individuals said these exact words Pharaoh bail Aiken song show my David Judas and the prodigal son Jesus parable of the prodigal son. I would most cases words do not indicate a true repentance. Pharaoh didn't repent speculum didn't repent Aiken didn't repent solid and repent, but in two cases they did. David David repented well and thoroughly. He confessed his sin openly sought cleansing by the blood of the sacrifice and he prayed for a restoration of God's favor, all in Psalm 51. The other case is the prodigal son story being told undoubtedly by Jesus that we would learn what it really means to repent of sin were told that story is that he came to his senses, said to himself. Go back to my father when he got there he said.

Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you are no longer worthy to be called your son. Did the first 90 about repentance only was in the far country, having wasted all of his substance.

She recognize what he had done last 90 took place when he went back to the father and his love is what you have to do is no good simply to say I am sorry doesn't do any good to say I have said doesn't delete them any good to say Jesus Christ is the innocent son of God that alone will not save you what you have to do is ask him for forgiveness. Trust them and come to love him as your Savior. You do that you will be Savior passed from death to life. Don't do that I may warn you will perish as Judas did in your sent father we bow before you search our own hearts asks the question, each one of us by really turn from my sin to faith in Jesus Christ.

We are all sinners, we all need a Savior Jesus Christ is that Savior we know that to be true by your grace.

Give us grace to turn and trust him. We pray in Jesus name I you are listening to the Bible study hours with the Bible teaching of Dr. James Boyce, a listener supported ministry of the alliance of confessing Evangelicals. The alliance exists to promote a biblical understanding and worldview.

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