Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.
While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”
a. We need to stay focused on Christ.
-Satan entered Judas
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
b. We need to avoid places of temptation.
-Conferred with the chief priests
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
c. We need to flee from a life of temptation.
-Sought an opportunity to betray
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
d. Failure to deal with temptation leads to sin
Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
a. We must follow Christ
-Peter Followed Christ
b. We need to trust in our calling and God’s strength
-Peter gives into fear
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
c. Our shortcomings should not cause us to abandon the mission
-Peter leaves & Weeps
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
3. Their Response
Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.
-Judas takes actions into His own hands
- Peter runs to the empty tomb
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
-Peter runs to Christ
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.