Today’s message summary of April 2, 2017 from Pastor Gus Brown:
What was it that caused Judas to lose his heart for Jesus?
It is possible that Judas was originally drawn to Jesus because of his view of Him as the Jewish Messiah–believing in Him to be as such–and expecting Him to be successful as Judas would share in the victory of the Messiah? In other words, he likely had the wrong view of Jesus.
Therefore, when Jesus knew that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He withdrew again to the mountain by Himself.
This passage was disappointing to Judas because he was relying upon Jesus’ success in order for him to be able to realize his own ambition to be someone.
His second disappointment was when the Pharisees and Sadducees asked Jesus for a sign. The sign would seal Jesus’ claim as the true Messiah. When Jesus was challenged, He did nothing to substantiate His claim to be the Messiah.
The Pharisees and Sadducees approached, and as a test, asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them: “When evening comes you say, ‘It will be good weather because the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘Today will be stormy because the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to read the appearance of the sky, but you can’t read the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation demands a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then He left them and went away.
And others, as a test, were demanding of Him a sign from heaven.
The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, demanding of Him a sign from heaven to test Him. But sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, “Why does this generation demand a sign? I assure you: No sign will be given to this generation!
Judas had struggles about who Jesus was throughout the period of ministry as he expected that Jesus would emerge as the Messiah, but it didn’t happen in the way that he expected that it would. Jesus would not show a sign from Himself or from heaven. Note that the Pharisees and Sadducees had already observed Jesus healing others, but that wasn’t sufficient for them. They wanted to see a sign from heaven.
Are there any similarities in this view by Judas and how you may also have the same struggles with knowing Jesus? It is not about merely knowing Jesus based upon what someone tells you, but rather that you get to know who Jesus is for yourself. You have to develop a relationship with Him to get to know who he really is.
When Jesus backed away, Judas became more disenchanted with who Jesus was.
I also believe that today there are many people in Christian circles are also disenchanted with what they see today.
The challenge for everyone is to believe in Jesus Christ and be obedient to Him. Judas lacked the ability to have faith and love in Jesus Christ.
How many of us are willing to dig deeply into His Word and to live in faith for Him in obedience.
Judas became more and more disenchanted in his heart. His confidence in Jesus may have been adversely affected when John the Baptist was beheaded (Mark 6:24). Jesus would not meet the public challenges of the Pharisees.
Two things that Jesus lacked: faith and love.
He lacked the faith to believe what he had been taught and what he had already experienced with Jesus.
He lacked a love for the person of Jesus through the relationship that had been established for over two years.
At some point, Judas began to see Jesus differently than the other apostles saw Him.
1 John 2:19
They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.
With this, Jesus could only watch and see what Judas would do.
Part of our struggle with Judas was that he was born to be the traitor that he was. If that was the case, Judas had no choice to do what he did.
If Judas was chosen merely to be a traitor, this would make God responsible for the betrayal. If God is responsible for the betrayal, then Judas’ act would exonerate him from all blame.
From God’s point of view: Because He is God, He knows all things. Even the heart of each person, and the very intent of the hearts of each one.
Jesus, however, would not entrust Himself to them, since He knew them all and because He did not need anyone to testify about man; for He knew Himself what was in man.
Judas was given every opportunity to be true to Jesus in the same way as the other apostles. Was he not empowered, along with the other apostles, to teach, heal and cast out demons? (Mark 3:14-17, 19)
Judas was chosen to learn and act for Jesus, but he chose to act for himself—a different way of living:
- A life of a thief (John 12:4-6).
- A person who was going to gain for himself (Matthew 26:14-16). (Satan had not entered into Judas at this time.)
- The love of money was real in Judas’ heart (1 Timothy 6:16).
Judas did not speak with the motivation of the perfume being sold to help the poor (John 12:4-6). He spoke only in selfish terms here. This was another indicator of a series of bad decisions that he made.
Satan entered into Judas at the Last Supper (John 13:27).
After Judas ate the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Therefore Jesus told him, “What you’re doing, do quickly.”
Betrayal can come in many different forms.
1 Timothy 6:9-10
But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
Judas reveals one can be knowledgeable of Jesus, associate with other believers, be in the church, and be in service for Jesus, but NOT have Jesus in their heart and Lord and Savior.