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Betrayal of Jesus; Don't be a betrayer; learn from history so not to repeat it

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One of the saddest times in Jesus life is upon Him. He had just come from not being comforted in the garden, to what is known as the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. As we look at this passage this morning, may we learn from it so not to betray Jesus today.
(Betrayal picture)
What does betrayal mean?
The action of betraying one’s country, a group or a person; treachery.
This has to be a very sad time in the flesh for Jesus, betrayal by one of his closest disciples (an apostle) (Mk14:43-46)
This has to be a sad time for from betrayal then came abandonment (Mk14:47-50)
Finally, one flee’s from Him (Mk14:51-52)
Have you ever been betrayed before? How did it make you feel?
Something more to consider regarding betrayal. Betrayal happens only when it is someone who you trusted in the first place. Jesus knew the betrayal was going to happen, He even told Judas to go do what he needed to do (Jn13:27)
John 13:27 NASB95
27 After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
Today we are looking at a few things
(Betrayal and arrest picture)
We have to wonder how could someone who walked with Jesus, saw everything He did, participated in the signs, miracles betray Him, to betray Him with a kiss.
Let me ask another question. - - - can we too be guilty of betraying Jesus? Are there things that lead to Judas betrayal that can lead us on the same path?
Mark 14:43–44 NASB95
43 Immediately while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who were from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him and lead Him away under guard.”
Mark 14:45–46 NASB95
45 After coming, Judas immediately went to Him, saying, “Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 46 They laid hands on Him and seized Him.
Mk14:45-46
Mark 14:47–48 NASB95
47 But one of those who stood by drew his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear. 48 And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me, as you would against a robber?
Mark 14:49–50 NASB95
49 “Every day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me; but this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures.” 50 And they all left Him and fled.
Mark 14:49–50 NASB95
49 “Every day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me; but this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures.” 50 And they all left Him and fled.
Mark 14:51–52 NASB95
51 A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him. 52 But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.
Mk14:51-52
Mark 14:51–52 NASB95
51 A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him. 52 But he pulled free of the linen sheet and escaped naked.
Mk14:
What do you see, what do you notice, what sticks out to you?

Jesus betrayal: By Close Friend

Betrayal, already mentioned that betrayal can only happen if it someone you trusted in the first place. May we look at this close friend.
We know Judas was one of the Apostles (Mk3:14-19)
He was one whom Jesus loved until the end (Jn13:1)
He is one who was prophesied as a familiar friend would be the betrayer (Ps41:9)
Being close in no guarantee (Rev2:4-5, 14-16, 20; 3:1-3, 15-16; 2Pt2:1; Rev2:10)
As we look at these scriptures see what the problem of betrayal is in each one.
Revelation 2:4–5 NASB95
4 ‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.
Revelation 2:4–5 NASB95
4 ‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.
Left their first love
Left their first love
Revelation 2:14–15 NASB95
14 ‘But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15 ‘So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
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Revelation 2:14–15 NASB95
14 ‘But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15 ‘So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
Revelation 2:16 NASB95
16 ‘Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.
Revelation 2:16 NASB95
16 ‘Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.
Tolerating false teachers
Revelation 2:20 NASB95
20 ‘But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
Revelation 2:20 NASB95
20 ‘But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
Permitting false teachers
Permitting false teachers
Revelation 3:1–2 NASB95
1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.
Revelation 3:1–2 NASB95
1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.
Revelation 3:3 NASB95
3 ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.
Revelation 3:3 NASB95
3 ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.
Not being watchful and failing to perfect what God was doing in and through them.
2 Peter 2:1 NASB95
1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
2Pt2
2 Peter 2:1 NASB95
1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
Now that we are looking at this, what is the problem here, what are they susceptible to?
Revelation 2:10 NASB95
10 ‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Can we be guilty too by not being faithful unto death?
Revelation 2:10 NASB95
10 ‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
REv2:10
Just because we claim to know Jesus does not mean we are faithful to Jesus until death.
Don’t betray Jesus, be faithful until death and you will receive the crown of life.

Jesus betrayal: By lover of money

Money is not the root of all evils, I’m sure you have heard that before, but that is not true. Scripture says the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil (1Tim6:9-10) Don’t let money make you a betrayer of Jesus.
1 Timothy 6:9–10 NASB95
9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Money was a problem for Judas (Jn12:4-6)
John 12:4–6 NASB95
4 But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people? 6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it.
John 12:14–16 NASB95
14 Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, 15 Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” 16 These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him.
What was Judas history when it came to money?
The love of money lead to betrayal (Mt26:14-16)
Matthew 26:14–15 NASB95
14 Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.
The love of money lead to betrayal (Mt26:14-16)
Matthew 26:16 NASB95
16 From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.
Money was not offered to Judas, Judas sought it out.
Can we do that too? Can we seek out money thinking it will take care of everything?
The love of money can render us unfruitful (Mk4:19)
Mark 4:19 NASB95
19 but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
What is the problem here, when it comes to money?
And, the love of money, or preoccupation with money can make us lukewarm (Rev3:16-17)
Revelation 3:16–17 NASB95
16 ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. 17 ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
What was the church putting their confidence in?
What was the results for them? If they did not repent and return?
Con we be guilty of betraying Jesus by our trust and desire for riches, letting such things take precedent over faith even within the church and our service to God?

Jesus betrayed by display of affection

Affection is not always a reflection of someones true intentions. The betrayal by Judas came by a display of affection.
May we look at these two verses again, then get into this some more
Mark 14:44–45 NASB95
44 Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him and lead Him away under guard.” 45 After coming, Judas immediately went to Him, saying, “Rabbi!” and kissed Him.
Mk14:44-
How did Judas prearrange the betrayal (v.44)?
How did Judas address Jesus (v.45)
It was a common greeting in the time, in the culture to greet one another with a holy kiss, especially a Rabbi, Teacher or the like as a show of respect more so than just a display of affection.
Jesus was not unaware of the manner of betrayal (Lk22:48)
Luke 22:48 NASB95
48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
So, again a display of affection does not ensure faithfulness
Public displays of affection do not equate faithfulness (Pro16:25; Jer17:9)
Proverbs 16:25 NASB95
25 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
add to the thoughts of man, what seems right to the heart of man
Jeremiah 17:9 NASB95
9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?
They may be in the believer with no real roots (Mk4:16-17)
Someone read this one:
Mark 4:16–17 NASB95
16 “In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; 17 and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.
What is the problem here? How did they receive the word? (with joy, the emotion)
Emotions can, are oftentimes a part of love (Mt22:37-38; Gal5:22-23)
Matthew 22:37–38 NASB95
37 And He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment.
And we are to love the lord with all we have! And love bears fruit
Galatians 5:22–23 NASB95
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Emotionalism does not equate to true faith and eternal life(Rom10:17 Jn20:30-31)
For faith comes by hearing
Believing, faith, brings salvation, eternal life
John 20:30–31 NASB95
30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
Can we betray Jesus by thinking our affection, emotions can make us for our failures to obey the commands of God in His Word? When we do, we deceive ourselves and betray the Lord in the process.

Jesus betrayal: By mistaken disciple

Do you ever act before you think something through? Judas did! May we not be guilty of betraying Jesus because we don’t think something through after praying about it too.
Judas did not consider the consequences of his betrayal (Mt27:3-4)
Matthew 27:3–4 NASB95
3 Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!”
Judas had thought they would capture Jesus and lead Him off (Mk14: 44) He did not consider that Jesus was really going to go and die.
Judas did not think that his betrayal would bring condemnation on himself
We can be guilty too when our service is not right (Mt7:21-23)
Matthew 7:21–22 NASB95
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
Matthew 7:23 NASB95
23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
What was the problem with their service? - it was not in accordance to God’s will, it was their will trying to look good instead of making God look good and receive the glory.
Our thinking does not equal God’s thinking (Isa55:8-9)
Isaiah 55:8–9 NASB95
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Don’t presume you know God’s will without consulting God, and God’s Word (Ecc5:1-2)
Ecclesiastes 5:1–2 NASB95
1 Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. 2 Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.
What are the instructions here?
In our zeal to serve the Lord we maybe guilty of acting on wrong information, wrong belief, may we betray Jesus by presuming or assuming to know His will and plan?
Romans 10:1–2 NASB95
1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.
Romans 10:3 NASB95
3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
Want to park here just for a minute, what is the problem here?

Jesus betrayal: Judas response

Have you ever done something, sinned, thought you could not be forgiven, or done something and did not think someone would forgive you? Judas realized his problem but did not react the way he should have.
Judas reacted to his sin wrong (Mt27:3)
Matthew 27:3 NASB95
3 Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Judas acted regarding his sin the wrong way (Mt27:5)
Matthew 27:4–5 NASB95
4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” 5 And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.
There is no sin that you cannot come back from when you come with godly sorrow and true repentance.
May we learn from Judas about true sorrow and repentance (2Cor7:10)
2 Corinthians 7:10 NASB95
10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
May we lead people by example to God’s grace (1Cor15:9-10; Php3:12-14)
even history cannot hold you back from God’s grace when you seek it.
1 Corinthians 15:9–10 NASB95
9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
oh and may his grace be a great motivating factor so that we do not betray Jesus.
Philippians 3:12–13 NASB95
12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
Philippians 3:14 NASB95
14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Press on brother, press on; be be on the alert, be ready, for Satan wants to use you to betray Jesus.
Satan used Judas (Lk22:3-4)
Satan put it in Judas heart (Jn13:20)
Betrayed because of the love of money
Betrayed because of emotionalism
Mistaken ideas; but not just Judas, Peter was too (Mt16:23)
May we remember what Peter said later (1Pt5:8-10)
1 Peter 5:8–9 NASB95
8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
1 Peter 5:9–10 NASB95
9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10 NASB95
10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
May the God of grace protect, confirm, strengthen and establish you today!
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