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August 27, 2021 1:00 am
Stu & Robby discuss the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot in Luke 22: 47-53.
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Enjoy it, share it, but most of all, thank you for listening to the truth. Podcast network. This is good Truth Network the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, a dark moment, the darkest moment as the true colors of this evil man who had been with Jesus posing with him for three years comes out in betrayal. Judas Iscariot robbed yours with me his experience truth. I'm Stu Epperson so glad you're here revving of the passage. Robbie, we read the Scripture to us in their working. I just finished some questions about Judas Iscariot in the most awful betrayal trail. By the way this betrayal has been portrayed in art in literature and all kinds of movies and poetry and lyrics of songs for hundreds of years and is so awesome it will study it and glean what God wants us to glean from its Aretha passes over and jump right into this dark moment in redemptive history. While he was still speaking, behold a multitude and he who was called Judas, one of the 12 went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said to them, Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss when those around him saw what was going to happen. They said to him, Lord, shall we strike up this with the sword and one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut us off his right ear.
But Jesus answered and said permit. Even this, and he touched his ear and healed them. And then Jesus said to the chief priests and captains of the temple and the elders would come to him if you come out against a robber with swords and clubs when I was with you daily in the temple. You did not try to seize me, but this is your hour in the power of darkness while the last time we got into this the intimate nature in the affection of a kiss in the special Middle Eastern culture. Both things that this this this evil man, the son of perdition. Judas Iscariot would betray Jesus with the indicate that this is the one that were taken to custody (kill of all the ways he would do that is with a kiss in a kiss to the face to which would've been a great sign of affection. But in this case was a sign of evil and then Peter grabs a sword.
He cuts the guys ear off you have his bloodied mangled ear. Jesus picks it up, put it right back on his on his head. One of brilliant picture of Christ.
Yet, the mob still they still persist in unbelief and to attack Christ Robbie do these questions that they were given a letter to these questions, let's pick it up this week. Go ahead and have item yet. How come they didn't seize him when he was to daily teaching in the temple, so he is overly teetering on holy week. He's openly teaching in the temple in nighttime is up in the Mount of olives with his disciples, teaching them more intimately, praying with them, ministering them, singing hymns, but during the day. He's out there in the open and what while to come and take him with you know so it's really using there's this clambering to the crowd, there's this fear of the people you have that over and over again in Christ ministry and John the Baptist minister.
There is a fear of the people is why they did mess with him. The apostles early in the book of acts it says they fear the people the same heater did.
Why take him and kill him because they flirt or season, but sometimes because they fear the be like as these guys were doing miracles. They were solving things you start solving things Robbie you start living a fruitful life.
People start being set free because of the spirit of God working powerfully through you, and guess what people don't want you around. The enemy does not want that this drive thrives. So he will attack you but but he'll do it at night it will do it in the most diabolical devilish way and fiendish way and this is exactly what happened and Gino Jesus in his own words when he says no put the swords up a says this is this this is God's got a plan here were nowhere to remember. We've Jesus prayed, not my will but your will be done in the garden and he's not just praying that he's living that out here in these verses.
He says no more of this.
And then Jesus said to the chief priest officer, temple, who would come out against me in the ass on this question.
Have you not to have you come out as a raw against a robber with swords and clubs coming here you come out like this and in you know, in the middle of night when I've been in the open your teaching and so what a great point. So then Jesus said the chief priest any.
He says this, he says, but this is your hour in the power of darkness so they came at night.
They fear the crowds. Judas had his unit. He hatches all plan to betray him 30 pieces of silver. Judas of anyone knew the Masters movements so he was a perfect insider to do this. To do this betrayal. He was so close to Jesus how he was had someone so close to us that have betrayed us in here.
Jesus Christ experienced betrayal like like no one's ever seen. So then what this is all according to God's plan. Christ is in control the whole time. This is all pushing toward the root the cross is redemptive person. When Christ, by the way, comes back in triumph. It will be in the middle night shrouded hidden forever.
We know from everyone site.
It will be in the open and all things will be brought at that day to the light which is a powerful statement so but in this moment of darkness.
This is how this went down and it's a tragedy, but it's all part of God's redemptive you know Christ experienced betrayal. There's nothing that any human being from Job. The first book of the Bible to present there's nothing you've experienced no shame, no betrayal, no evil, no pain, that Jesus Christ didn't experience didn't go through and didn't suffer, although even on the cross as he is. He was was you know the the minute that the redemption, the one who carried our shame. The man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
So Robbie read this last these doggy doors wrap up his questions so why did Jesus go willingly and not call in the Angels now while and that's exactly what you there's a whole one of my favorite songs as he could've called 10,000 angels and that's exactly what he could've done here and he didn't and that's that holds that song is based on that in this in a lot of different variations of different great gospel singers of subsonic Google and listen to it, but he pressed forward the this is not, by the way that reference to Kevin Colton Hannity is not in the book of Luke is undoubtedly discussed was in the other Gospels but that shows the Christ willingly laid aside those prerogatives so that he could willingly lay his life down. John 10 I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays his life down for the sheep. You don't take his life. You don't think you're gonna take my life from me.
He willingly he willingly gave up the ghost. He willingly breathed his last. On the cross to Glamis wrap this up. So what happened to the disciples bold resolving following Jesus, even to the death. Yeah, dear. Remember in the upper room and before Peter hey I'm lonely all away things and quite work that way. Those guys were wheels up out the door is scared to death. Of course they hung around were to get in the denial of Peter and you know that's a very you know the sad sad story. They were all very familiar with in the trials of Jesus and all that but it's interesting how the going got tough, and they took off right so some final questions, we wrap the thing on that question. Jesus said the power of darkness. Everybody's deceived in this picture disciples are to say I mean everybody in this scene with exceptional's disease is deceived at this particular moment, however, in spite of all the deception it's gone exactly as it had to in order for us to be where we are, so that we left with this question.
You know about our own kissing right. However, I betrayed Jesus with a kiss.
How was his betrayal connected to my redemption and you know what's keeping me from following Jesus even when everyone around me has turned against him go. So you might be the only one in your family. You might be no one on your team at some point that really true love truly loves the Lord.
It breaks my heart by way when I talk young people to heal your schools on fire for God and though sometimes a no one that absolutely breaks my heart but then I look right back at them and say, wait a second I'm talking you. How about you, you standing up for what's right about you standing over the Bible says about these moral issues that no one wants to touch no one wants to talk about what the Bible says about marriage between a man and a woman about homosexuality with the Bible says about abortion with the mouse is about life with the Bible says about loving people supporting the poor with the Bible says about racism. The Bible speaks all these things.
Hey, what about you and how often have we given Christ in a fake façade Robbie of affection were as it were. We've we've we've kissed up to them, but we've betrayed him. Our hearts and our lives tell a whole different story in. That's the beauty of the gospel. The gospel brings into alignment. My affection my life, my lips all a part of me is when Christ saves a man he saves a whole man, does that mean I does that mean I don't struggle no way of course I struggle with.
There's a transformation that takes place in, but he would go to that cross the trade despised, arrested, falsely accused, tried, beaten, executed wrongfully, and he would come out of that grave. Robbie to transform our lives to give us a whole new life that would give us the Holy Spirit of God to turn us into his what he's gone, he's in Evan is with us always.
Of course the Holy Spirit of God is in us, but he is sent the Spirit of God. He he is with us and now we're here as his ambassadors to this lost world. Jesus as the father sent me, so I'm sending you go and make disciples. So the question is how my going in to a world full of betrayal and evil and darkness and for Baker's in and out of the church and how my shining his light and calling people into a relationship with the father dies, and a beautiful thing. When I think about that actually Jesus was allowing these things to happen because he wanted me, who would in fact do all this thing, but trying but he also allow that in my own life so that I would understand the value of his grace that understand the value of his sacrifice.
Understand the beauty of what God really is, in spite of at so it no there there is a beauty here. That's more than we can really fathom. We take a hard enough look at her own life. Amen. And that's the beauty of of Jesus Christ that he came in on a rescue mission to save us, and later I will look at the contrast between Judas and Peter one repented one didn't one ended up in death suicide. The other end up being a huge leader in the early church leading thousands to Christ is least me of the meat of the book of acts, but it gets worse for him, but will hold onto that it will get next week with the denial of Christ by Peter and that that will will probing that contrast of Peter and of Judas.
Next time I experience are the only clergy to study God's word read God's word be in a church that teaches not just about the word or from the word but actually teaches the word Paul said in Timothy 23 secondly 23433 preach the word so be in a church that preaches God's word and memorize the word and study the word and thank you for being a part of our time and were today unexperienced truth. I'm Stu Epperson a host of truth talk so glad you been with us and we'll talk you next time. Follow me on twitter Instagram Facebook love to connect with you there and pay before your head is the pill night share the good news of Jesus Christ, who was betrayed, tried and murdered and arose from the dead to give you life to give you hope to save your soul. You know him and are you making him known. This is the Truth Network