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Handling Judas (Part C)

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November 9, 2021 6:00 am

Handling Judas (Part C)

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November 9, 2021 6:00 am

Pastor Rick teaches from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 14:12-21)

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The God of the universe will do right, but once you learn about him. Now it's on you your sins have to be dealt with. Well versed 20 he answered and said to them, it is one of the 12 tips with me in the dish I would start at a fast right that he says the guy that each was made. That said, I'm done.

I'm not eating anything else very simple formula, and maybe they did that except Judas. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the gospel of Mark. Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, and now here's Pastor Rick with the conclusion of his message called handling Judas in Mark chapter 14, Jesus refers to Judas as a friend is cookie calls him a friend giving him a chance but he doesn't take days earlier. He tried to reach Judas when he rebuked him for his greed. This oil could spike not good but given angle sold, given to the poor, and Jesus rebuked him and he didn't like that we talked about that last session.

Clumsy humanistic people have tried to save the reputation of Judas. It is a vein thing to do. They say some of them that Judas betrayed Jesus in order to force Jesus into revealing his power and establishing his messianic kingdom in Israel, others say that he was nothing but a servant who obediently fulfilled God's prophecy. These are attempts to take Judas off the hook will get to in a moment what God says about Judas.

He was not a robot. He was a willing pawn of darkness. He was a responsible human being who made his own choices. Just like when a pastor stands up and reads from Isaiah your sins have separated you. God is not deaf or blind. He sees what's going on.

He is available only as a participant, but you don't want to come to.

It's your choice. Don't go, you know, blaming God when you find yourselves in hell because you chose to not believe in him you got what you wanted and so this is the case with Judas none who betrayed Jesus do it nobly regardless of whatever human credentials they may hold who they think they are impressing. There is no such thing as a helpless victim of merciless predestination.

In other words, God didn't say listen, you're going to hell, and there's nothing you can do about he did not say you know when Judas is born. I'm going to make him a devil. That's why Christ is giving him these chances and calling him a friend up to the end and it is a misguided theology that suggested he was powerless in all of this Judas was lost for the same reason.

Millions are lost today and countless multitudes countless to us have been lost over the centuries, unbelief, refusing to receive Christ without faith it is impossible to believe God will faith in what in Jesus Christ. Now back to John chapter 6, where they didn't care for that sermon, but there are some of you who do not believe were Jesus knew from the beginning who they were, who did not believe, and who would betray him as two different groups that there's that one.

That said, was a hard saying we no longer want you and there's Judas. He continues in John six and verse 66 from that time many of his disciples went back and walked with him no more. They were disciples, and now they're not.

It was their choice. Then Jesus said to the 12. Do you also want to go away. He did not say please stay. He gave them the choice, and he was going to honor their choice. If they said yeah were done he would've just went on about his ministry, he would not have given them a call the next day and said we haven't seen you in church. Are you planning to come back.

We need of you know anyway. He just up honor their decision treated them like adults given them a choice, thereby destroying the silly notion of this on alterable predestination. As I mentioned man-made guests. But God declares men can say well you know Judas.

He was to know he really was know he was a devil and he chose to be and he was born that way. John chapter 13.

Here's what God says now after the piece of bread. Satan entered him.

Matthew John 1712. Those whom you gave me.

I have, and none of them is lost except the son of hell. That's the son of perdition. That why is that because he did with the devil wanted not God. Matthew 25 and he wasn't in the flesh. This was his will. When we sin, as Christians it's the flesh is that sinful nature, getting the upper hand. But when a person willfully rejects God is not there flesh. It is them is who they are, they'll have will not have this man rule over us.

Matthew 25 verse 46 and these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

There's a consequence for your decision concerning the Christ because Christ knew that Judas and others would reject him in no way means that he caused.

He simply knew what they were going to do, and he's not going to force them into heaven. No one in heaven will have lash marks on them from being driven in.

He is a shepherd. He leads and is not a cattle driver. However, God still controlled his enemies as he does to this day that's what sovereignty does John 1311 for he knew who would betray him. Therefore he said you are not all clean. This is when he washed their feet. He knew he would he wash their feet. He said your clean because I pronounce to plaintiff, but Judas would have none of it just went through the ritual. He didn't mean it in the end there's a contrast given to us. There's Peter who failed because of his flesh and went out and wept and repented and was restored and is Judas who regretted his decision didn't work out right. Anyone killed himself. He did not repent and and these lessons are there for us to consider and understand since the church is been born miraculously. Satan has filled many hearts of churchgoers. Some churchgoers who really don't care about Christ but about themselves in the book of acts in the fifth chapter. There was a man and woman who pledged a large donation to the church.

It could've been $0.30 would not matter. What mattered was they lied about. They really weren't interesting and interested in serving the Lord. They wanted people to applaud them. They wanted to be recognized as these devout believers and givers. Peter said Ananias why is Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and there is one indication of the Holy Spirit is not and it buddy him. He can be lied to. He is a person. If you have never been born again and you go to your death. You will wish you've never been born at all and this is what God is saying it would be better if he was not born when he was born. Listen, he could not stand before God and say why I was so confused about things because God was and what the other 11 were not, and you Judas you The moneybox beat and others trusted you because you were so intelligent, so are we to believe that the intelligent people of the world cannot believe what the not so intelligent are the ones that get saved know it comes down to the individual intelligence has nothing to do with it comes down to the will and you gotta use your brains to some degree and reason but you do not have to be one of those high IQ types can be of a lower IQ verse 19 and they began to be sorrowful and said to him, one by one, is it I and another said is it I you gotta love this part about these men startled by his word and one of you will betray me.

That was the bombshell again. They should've had it. They did not what they trusted his words more than their own hearts. If he said one was a betrayer they believed it so much they felt it could be them instead of saying no way. Well, maybe you know Peter did not say well, John might betray you, but I'm not at this moment. The Greek is actually this. It's not me. Is it that's the Greek phrase is not me as it Lord. And so when they say, is that I they're very concerned. They have skin in the game.

They were suspicious of them, their own selves.

They were cocky at this point will get to Judas in a moment about this. 11 men were afraid and sorrowful. The 12th was not each man, no matter how much she hated this fact, he realized that he had the capacity to be a traitor.

Paul says this in Romans about this thing about we people, he says, for I know that in me, that is, in my flesh. Nothing good dwells for to will is present with me.

But how to perform what is good.

I do not find you know, some commentators try to say Paul to know he was talking about that the believing commentators those liberal center mean politically little theologically liberal of theologically liberal person is one that does not believe the Bible, but they use it. Nonetheless, to criticize again. I don't understand when people say will have no more, the Bible wanted whether they still call themselves a church. One of the girls called himself somebody else. The people would happy hats or something, but they insist on corrupting Christianity that they don't even believe and not consider that a mean thing to do anyway. The apostles were not above self-examination and hopefully we are not either. They questioned their loyalty to God. Second Corinthians, and you see this is the thing about second about the Corinthian letters. So I say well Lord would be coming to an end. In Mark's gospel where we going next.

I would like to do the book of acts because it's exciting, but a church needs correction. That whether they want it or not and where do you get that from you. Don't get is so much from the Old Testament because we can hide behind bubbles with the Jews. We get it from the letters in the New Testament they get up in your face Paul says what you don't have houses to eat, and you gotta come to the church and burden everybody when you keep getting drunk at the communion table you think what is wrong with you so when you hear these things coming off the Scripture in the presence of the Holy Spirit and God's health.

That is the most special place on earth. The holy's big bear begins to do his work. And that's what makes a strong and solid church are people who can sit under the word of God together rowing in the same direction.

Even if we are all messed up some degree so this loyalty Paul when he gets to talking about the Corinthians who were in first Corinthians. He dealt with the crazy ones the ones that were really just not coming under the spirit, but acting like they were. It was an overall good church. He said none of them lacked the spirit and the gifts, but they abuse them. Many of and they turned on him but anyway he says in the second letter, which is a little softer to get towards the end and he has to go go again against the knuckleheads in the church, he says examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you, unless indeed you are disqualified. You come back and you hear these men say is that I they're examining themselves they're not cocky now. Unfortunately, there are some Christians that give their life to Christ and won't receive the forgiveness and they question their faith when they shouldn't be questioning their faith when they should be out serving the Lord because they do know that he is their savior. This is for those who are pretending for those who dare to have the Lord wash their feet while they are intending to betray him anyway. These are beautiful things.

I'm not a person just like you when I come to these things in the Scripture.

I don't feel spooked by them.

I may have referenced or something. The fear of God in me, but I see all of it is to have always felt as the saying goes, if I were the only person born Christ would die for me still.

I've always felt his love.

Why would I not he died for me in that Christ demonstrated his love and that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Paul wrote to the Romans he proves his love.

What more do you want this walking around in my Savior. Not what do you believe he died and rose again. Take your sin away and if you say yeah and then don't let the devil trip you up and sideline you make your burden. Everybody else get in the fight preach Christ serve these men. They often debated, who was the greatest amongst themselves. Now here they are faced with the vilest part of themselves. Matthew. Matthew tells us what Judah said. Matthew 26 and Judas who was betraying him answered and said Rabbi is that I and he said to him you said it would he say he is anything different. On the other nozzle. Yet he did. The other said Lord is it I he says Rabbi is it I was a huge difference. Christ is not this just this great man amongst the Gandhi Zenda will Hooters and whoever else is out there that was intentional way so dumb he doesn't know how to say Buddha the city should mark them why I mean they're sending people to hell I'm supposed to be impressed with this lie. Right now the Buddhists leading the charge of persecuting Christians in Burma is slaughtering them. This sending and air it wouldn't have airplanes in military and slaughtering believers. Why would these people ever do that anyone right now the tally banner in Afghanistan going to people's phones are seeing if there's a Bible wanted, so they can publicly execute them as viciously as they can think of. And I'm supposed to be, or you notice, be respectful while I'm not trying to be disrespectful but I'm not going to be respectful of that which is disrespectful and if you don't like it and I'm sorry but I'm not changing anyway. You know Elijah on Mount Carmel said, you know, shout louder, maybe your gods in the bathroom. Maybes taken a nap. Was he supposed to respect these people for what they were doing to the two little babies that were born in their practice of sacrifice are we supposed to respect abortion clinics on the saying we should do violence. I'm not saying not physical violence.

Spiritual violence is on the table so back to this, all of them said Lord is that I accept Judas the unbeliever they can.

You know their grand well team. Jesus was a good man you know he cared for the poor.

He spoke about love yeah well is he the Lord God or not. That's what it comes down to is that you get that question wrong.

That tradition that he spoke about concerning Jesus is going to be spoken about you to who do you say the Son of Man is the most single important question about every human being and then here come the protesters. What about the people will never believe what about this lesson, the God of the universe will do right, but once you learn about him.

Now it's on you your sins have to be dealt with. Well versed 20 he answered and said to them, it is one of the 12 who dips with me in the dish, I will start at a fast right then he says the guy that each was made. That said, I'm done. I'm not eating anything else very simple formula, and maybe they did that accept Judas. No one suspected it was Judas, the tragedy of Judas tells us that a man can fall slowly that a human being can fall to sin in slow motion that they can trade against Jesus slowly how many little children born interested in God, but by the time they become adults they want no part of as a listening to the wrong people elicited being indoctrinated by Satan various vehicles and you know who they are. Verse 21. The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written November and woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed, it would have been good for that man if he were never born there you go. If you're not born again you going to be sorry you been born at all. Close hearts. They don't see themselves in the Scripture. They don't see themselves as a Judas or a cane or ballot or any of the many other characters of Jezebel.

They just see themselves as decent, intelligent people because they're comparing themselves with themselves. As Paul wrote, I believe the Corinthians comparing themselves with themselves. They are not wise. If there is a God.

We should be very much interested in what interests him. What upsets him what does not upset him it is insanity to know that there is a superior, you cannot know there's not a God I'm sorry I did disseminate the linear line you live yourself so much. You can't tell the truth to yourself because you know when you look at the moon you see it round and it stays where it's supposed to be some things keeping it there, you look at the rest of the universe is a why do we not anyway.

God says the fool said in his heart there is no God because he is lying to himself when he's quoting here Psalm 41 nine and you say well you know Pastor, your offending me all like you don't offend Christians when you call us you know, narrowminded, fundamental and self-righteous.

You can get the flesh preaching righteousness until it just can say is that a six shooter master has a yeah but not right now. We is quoting Psalm 41.

Even my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread has lifted up his heel against me. He ate my bread was paying for this meal a day, Judas. Anyway, that's when he said Son of Man indeed goes verse 21, just as it is written of him. That's the primary verse but you can take Psalm 29 Isaiah 53 and of the verses also.

So here it is, to the very end. Jesus is hiding from his disciples who the betrayer is giving Judas an opportunity yes to turn from his sin. What would have happened if Peter found out Judas was going to betray Jesus.

Jesus, Judas, Judas would've been killed by Peter before he could betrayed him as a simple formula. How do we know this will Peter try to find out Joe and John 12 he not just a job and John tries to find out the one Jesus wanted to read with me know my what we been all arming what was that he doesn't come out and say it is Judas because again he knows Peter will kill him. And what about Simon the zealot, he probably would jump into the Lord is handling Judas and is handling all of us.

Is it been relevant or not, it's up to us. Jesus is never thanked by Judas for protecting him.

Peter will write.

This will save this acts chapter 1 Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place, which is perdition hell now Jesus says, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed the judgment of Judas is just and those who line up with him there. Judgment is just you say this doesn't sound very loving. Don't be silly. Been talking to you. Nothing about nothing but the love of God reaching out to sinners and because he acts like God in judging those who reject him somehow. It's not loving my work that way in your imagination. But that's not the truth. Yeah Judas was obeying the Prince of darkness. Luke 22 verse 53 when I was with you daily in the temple. You did not seize me. This is your hour. The power of darkness. No other and no ordinary victim of betrayal can receive the intensity of these words, the intensity of these words cannot apply to a mere human being.

Betrayal of sinners against God against Christ is out of the ordinary.

John chapter 13 verse 30 having received the piece of bread. He then went out immediately and it was night. A few hours later, Judas will be dead and he will be damned, not because he killed himself physically, but because he traded against Christ Judas for him. It is still night, it will always be night.

If you have not the fear of God, you have not knowledge because the Bible says, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge to see life for what it really is enough of it. Not all of it, but enough. That's why we give sinners a chance to get right with God at the end of each service move. Thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Mark cross reference radio is the teaching ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia to learn more information about this ministry. Visit our website cross reference once you're there you'll find additional teachings from Pastor Rick. We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast.

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