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November 10, 2021 6:16 am
Have you ever had someone betray you? It will happen to all of us at some point in life. What can we learn from Jesus and how he handled it? Part 1.
You never had anybody betray even when you're betrayed God still work everything together for good can still glorify you in the process of continuing to move forward even amidst that betrayal welcomes a moment lecturing learn when we think the trade by a close friend or even family. The trail all of us. We can all learn a valuable lesson in studying the way Jesus dealt with the trail today. David takes us to the 13th chapter of the gospel of John in a message called learning from the trail.
The subject today is trail.
I've never had anybody or anybody's plural betray maybe in marriage or maybe in your job may be with her finances in some way somebody betrayed you.
It's maybe the most painful emotion that anyone will ever experience the rejection of somebody you trusted and loved is beyond the comprehension also today I want to look at the life of Judas and Jesus and also a glance at Peter for he betrayed Jesus as well and to see how in the world. We as followers of Jesus should respond to those who have betrayed us. There are examples throughout history are Brutus where Caesar before Bruce kills Mrs. a to brew tell you to.
There's Benedict Arnold. There's also Judas, though probably the most famous traitor of all times and that were traders. Interestingly interesting it comes. Interestingly, from the early church days when people would turn on Christians and turn them over to Rome to be persecuted and when that happened, that term turned them over is in the Latin trip to Tori is from where we get trade tort and also it's interesting that that you had to not only turn over friends who were Christians when you want that but you would also then when they would be arrested the man that they turn over their Bibles, or other religious documents. So, again, the term trader comes from to turn over to give over. I in the early church when people were betraying their Christian friends to Rome to have them arrested, persecuted, and maybe even killed. So it's a painful emotion. I hope not many of you had to go through and my guess is most all of you have simply because we live in such a broken bone world.
So with that having been said, let me look at these verses, just read through them pretty quickly and then to come back and give you some insights into how traders work.
A wide traders work and how we as Christians should respond to the trail so the sleet read these verses together I Jesus had just washed his disciples feet. They been arguing among themselves at the Last Supper remember the day before. Jesus was going to be crucified on the cross and he took a towel basin and filled it with water and went from disciple to disciple to disciple and watch their going grungy dirty callused ugly feet to say to Velma my job is to serve not be served any gives this as he said last week. Remember the verse. This is an example for you. So if you want to know how to live live like this. Wash other people's feet be a servant wipes about not being served, but to give your life away in service to other people. So right after he had done this see in verse 21. After saying these things Jesus was troubled in his spirit. This the second time we see this in the last two chapter 6 troubled in his spirit. Jesus perfectly God, but perfectly human's spirit was troubled that word means agitated stirred up the picture. Often when this word is used in antiquity is a C that's being tossed and turned by wind and the phone is up at the top of the waves spouting forth of that foaming that that's the idea of Jesus heart being really agitated and troubled and he testified truly, truly, I say to you again whenever you see this and it's there dozens of times in the Gospel of John, Jesus is trying to say really listen up. This is really important. I'm about to say this is the truth. Truly, truly, I say to you one of you will betray me. So, is there still sitting around the table member.
They reclined it tabling on their left elbow, one's head was in the chest of the person next to them.
And Jesus has them in a circle around him on his left is Judas the person on the left was always in the position of honor chosen by the special guest to be in that position. The person on the right was the closest friend. So we see in this circle that John that the disciple whom Jesus loved, will see him referred to as such in just a moment was right next to Jesus breast he was.
His head was right here at Jesus chest and Jesus head was right at the chest of Judas, so there could be intimate conversations that could take place either in the group or between two people very carefully so keep that in mind as well.
As we move forward. But Jesus says, among the other 12 disciples, one of you is going to betray me. Now that's fascinating because they didn't have a clue who that was going to be will see in just a bit later why that was the case, the disciples looked at one another, uncertain, on whom he spoke. One of the disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at the table at Jesus side so every other place in the Gospel of John, where this is talked about the disciple whom Jesus loved it most always appears to be John the author of the Gospel of John.
He was probably only 19 or 20 years of age. At this point, we think that because he wrote the gospel of John is the last gospel Matthew Mark Luke and John, and he in church history lived to be 90+ years of age.
So the only way he could have done that was to be a young teen. At this point in his following Jesus, but Jesus really loved him. There was a special bond and friendship between them. Even though there was a decade plus that separated them in years and John was right next to Jesus chest and so in verse 24. Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus, of whom he was speaking so we don't know where Simon Peter was in the circle could've been right across the table from everyone the tables, about 18 inches high, again, is there reclining on their left elbow and Peter's going to John a ask him who ask him who because we know in another gospel.
They're all asking among themselves is that I is that I again they had no clue was Judas.
He was a great pretender. He was a full follower of Jesus, and they're all asking among themselves is alliance appears finally going John asked him. So that's what's going on here and then John leaning back against Jesus against his chest said to him, Lord, who is and is whispering probably at this point, and others can't hear it. Jesus answered, is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it. So when he had dipped the morsel he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon is carried out and we see again the Judas is called the son of Simon Iscariot.
Judas is scary ought from probably the southern part of Judah-ish carry-on author is how this would come about-ish means son carry out this probably the city about 23 miles from Jerusalem. And if that's the case, and Simon is his father. First of all, Judas is the only disciple chosen by Jesus on the 12 and all 12 were chosen by Jesus but Judas is the only one from the south down in Judah. All the others were from the north of Israel in Galilee, so Judas might of felt like an outcast from the beginning he was in charge of the moneybag we see in Luke the eighth chapter of verses one through three that many wealthy women followed Jesus, and must have given money to his account and Judas was the one who oversaw that moneybag now what we know from today that when there are ministers and televangelist asking people for money that a lot of women especially widows give their money and I think I heard this correctly, the Billy Graham's entire ministry was built mostly on an average $18 a year gift from widows out there but if a lot of them give than that accumulates a large amount of money and I think that's fine if the giving to a ministry they want to give to and it is a positive ministry in Jesus day. His ministry touched a lot of people's lives. And there were a good number of wealthy women out there.
Perhaps widows as well who gave their money and Jesus was able to accumulate enough where it had to be carried in a moneybag and Judas was the one who oversaw that moneybag.
He was the CFO of Jesus apostolic band. He was the financial manager. It implies that he very well could have had a real in-depth education. Maybe he went to the University of Jerusalem and got a CPA a degree, and he was then made the CFO by Jesus because he had an academic background and giftedness that allowed him to oversee the money and it looks like the other disciples like him doing so there was never an objection to him with the money except in John 12, when Mary poured out that expensive perfume on Jesus was about an annual years wage it was Judas who said that money could go to the poor.
We see John in making a comment, Judas could care less about the poor.
He wanted the money in the moneybag because he pilfered regularly money from that moneybag. So we see that the Judas was doing that, but it was looked at later on by John backward as he tried to put the pieces together.
But at this moment in that circle. Nobody knew that Judas was betraying Jesus again. I would suggest he was considered one of the 12 probably respected the most educated on the mall and he oversaw all of the money. So when Jesus gave it to Judas, the son of Simon is scary ought then after he had taken the morsel Satan entered into him entered into Judas. Now if you remember last week in John 13 verse two it says Satan was tempting Judas continuing to tempt him to finalize in his mind. His decision to betray Jesus and folks, he hadn't yet made that decision, you need to know that the devil can force us to do anything God is not sovereign over our choices. That may sound odd, but he allows us to choose, even against him.
Now he will work even our bad choices for good if will come and trust him in every possible way, but he is Lord over everything, but he allows us the freedom of choice Judas at this point, did not choose yet to follow Satan. He was tempting him putting the thought in his mind just like he does you and me. He puts the thought in our minds.
He tempts us with different thoughts.
We ultimately make the decision whether were going to seal the deal with you will and then choose to betray or do whatever is wrong will in John 13 to the temptations. There the devil hadn't entered into Judas completely until this moment.
It was at this moment that Judas sealed the deal.
It was at this moment.
He said in his own mind.
I'm really going to do this. I'm going to betray Jesus. And so Jesus said to him what you are going to do to quickly what you're going to do to quickly Jesus knew everything he knew what choices Judas was going to make God knows your choices. Even though he doesn't force you to choose. Now here's an example. My dad used to give me all the time. He said he put a piece of red meat on this side of the room, and a hungry dog on that side of the room.
What does your foreknowledge tell you about a hungry dog in red meat right that hungry dog is going to eat that red meat then my dad would say is your knowing it force the dog to do it in the answers. Of course not, you know enough about hungry dogs in red meat to know they're going to do that. Similarly, God knows our choices because he sovereign and knows everything, but he doesn't make us do it.
We still have that free choice in our hearts so Jesus knew what Judas was going to do even though Judas had the choice to betray him. Now, no one at the table knew why Jesus had said this to him. Some thought that because Judas had the moneybag Jesus was telling him by what we need for the feast, or that he should give something to the poor. So everybody's got a hearing in this conversation and then they do hear Jesus say Judas could do what you gotta do quickly, and the conclusion is among the disciples, whether he's either going to buy something that were the need for the continued Passover celebration through the weekend or he's going to go give some money to the poor out of the moneybag because that's regularly done by people during the Passover time as well so that's what they concluded together as the Sanjeev Judas get up and after receiving the morsel of bread he immediately went out and it was night. There's a beautiful image. There isn't there Judas went into the night into the darkness. His mind hadn't been made up. He was going to betray Jesus. Now he is totally and completely walking and separation from Jesus, walking in total and complete darkness. The traitor had sealed the deal not now look at verse 31 when he Judas had gone Jesus said now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him.
Jesus saying now since Judas is gone. The cross is certain. God is going to glorify his son through that cross in a way you can't begin to imagine even when you're betrayed folks God can still work everything together for good, he can still glorify you in the process of you continuing to move forward even amidst that betrayal. And Jesus continues in verse 32.
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him. Once the next day Jesus will hang on the cross take all of our sins upon himself and then give us the forgiveness of our sins by grace through faith. The wrath of God for our sins, poured out on the sun and he will be glorified through the resurrection as the offering of our sins to God through Jesus being completed and we are by grace through faith forever and ever and ever forgiven the glory through Jesus that is given to us. Jesus is indeed glorified through the cross.
That's about to come up and in Jesus as little children. Note the great depth of love, compassion. Jesus had toward his disciples then and us.
He called them little children, yet a little while. I'm with you. You will seek me and just as I said to the Jews.
So now I will also say to you where I am going, you cannot come after Jesus death for the forgiveness of our sins. The Jews nor the disciples could go to that place. It was a place where Jesus alone could go verse 34 powerful verse and all of the Bible a new commandment I give to you, their old commandments all throughout the Old Testament, not the least of which is love your neighbor as yourself.
Leviticus 1918, but here Jesus says I'm going to give you a new commandment. That's not in the Old Testament for you my followers. Here's the new commandment that I give to you that you love one another. Keywords coming up just as I have loved you. You also are to love one another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another is an interesting Jesus said the greatest way to win the world to Jesus is for Christians to love one another. There's a verse in James 316 that says where there is strife there is every evil thing I find it very interesting.
Jesus excised the strife in his body from the other disciples so that there could be love and unity among them. Jesus said there will be no power to take the gospel my forgiving grace throughout the world. Unless there is love and unity among you that that's why I've heard people at different church conferences teach courses on how to close the back door will dear friends in churches. The back door needs to remain open. Why because there are some people who just want to stir up strife they want to complain and gripe and there needs to come a point where in the name of Jesus politely you say to them the back door is open.
We need this strife on a little bit of love and Jesus said can cause the whole loaf to become stale and even putrid.
You gotta get rid of the leaven for the bread to be healthy and whole. Similarly, you gotta get rid of strife and get rid of complaining.
Griping people for the church and for the disciples of Jesus to remain in unity and love. And as they are one and as they love one another will look at the profound way to love one another. Thanks for listening joins me in the studio to forgiveness the ministry minute, focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community. I Mark McManus and with me today is Bart Noonan with West Boulevard ministry Mark tell us about West Boulevard ministry of thank you for this opportunity to speak about was for ministry and more portly about Jesus Christ was Boulevard ministry serves a spiritual physical news. The families and communes with was Boulevard to the Lord Jesus Christ. Whether were doing neighborhood outreach cookouts galleries will bring people outside of their apartments, their homes and associate with one another or were doing Bible study. The first Wednesday of every month Little Rock apartments and we gather anywhere from 50 to 70 children.
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One of the real issues I continually experience in not only my own life but in the lives of other people. Is this problem of bitterness they hold on to Hertz in the past and they really want people to suffer like they have suffered when they been hurt by them. And forgiveness is the only answer it. It's what Jesus told us to do so. Then comes the question. First of all, what's the definition of forgiveness. I think the best definition I've ever heard is releasing the other person from the debt they owe you. It's also similarly not wanting them to suffer as you have suffered from them and when you do that you release them to the Lord in your bitterness shrinks and you have more love that comes into your heart and interestingly it's called in the Bible. The root of bitterness because if you don't address it. It will grow and to file everybody in your sphere of influence. So how in the world do we understand forgiveness and what is the key to forgiveness I think is one thing, knowing the cross.
Knowing how much Jesus has forgiven us. And if you look at all of your sins and all the ways you've disappointed him. It's a billion-dollar debt. It's something that's impossible to pay the chasm between you and God is so huge it only took the cross to bring you back into relationship with the father.
So if you realize that you have $1 billion debt that Jesus paid offer you stamped on your heart paid in full forever forgiven, then when somebody hurts you. You realize in comparison. That's a $10 debt he really is. In comparison, so it this is the parable Jesus taught in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 18 verses 21 through 35 of the King that forgave a guy billion-dollar debt, but then he went on the streets and demand of the $10 debt that somebody owed him to be paid off and the king heard about that. I was furious and said you're in prison until you understand what I did for you and I think the same thing is key for us. We need to give that person the $10 forgiveness debt for our sake, for his sake, but mostly for the sake of the kingdom because it saying I really understand what happened on that cross. It was a billion-dollar debt forgiven something I could not ever pay but Jesus paid it all. I love that and one other angle looking at the cross. I heard it said that when Jesus said, father forgive them for they know not what they deal, I think not create Sonesta compassionate view the tenant to look at people who've offended us is no way they can understand that got hurt they done father forget they don't know how deeply they pointed me and any new people are complex and their motives when they do hurt us. There's some selfish ambition. There's some in V.
There's some jealousy there's a desire for money for power, ambition, whatever it might be and often times gin, they don't even know they're being driven by those thing there there part of a fallen human world, and they have fallen human flesh and they don't even know it and I think that's why Jesus as well said your father there.
They're not even aware of what they're doing. Forgive them and when you have that kind of attitude. Again, your free you're the one who doesn't have bitterness and that's what Jesus wants for us all. That's okay. I think he found that status will thank you Jen and thank you listeners and please be free from bitterness. It only hurts you and you're the one holding on to the garage and often times the person who's hurt you has moved on with their lives are not even thinking about you and if you'd like to receive these daily written moments of hope from me go to moments of Hope Church.org you can subscribe. Therefore my heart to yours free of charge.
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