Blood Money by Jerry Vines

BLOOD MONEY
Matthew 27:1-10
Dr. Jerry Vines
The story of Judas Iscariat is beyond question the blackest page
on the history of the human race. There is something about what Judas
Iscariat did that chills the heart of every person who knows about it.
In Dante's depiction of hell he put the worse sinners down in the very
bottom of the pit and of course Satan was in the midst of the bottom of
the pit. In the mouth of Satan he put Judas being chewed to pieces.
Judas Iscariat is looked upon with such distain because he is the one
who betrayed the Son of God Himself. Judas is looked upon with such
distain because he is the one who betrayed the only One who never
sinned. He betrayed the only One who never did any wrong. He betrayed
the only One who did everybody right and never did anybody wrong. We
look at Judas with such horror and dismay because he is the one who
betrayed the One who died on the cross and paid for the sins of the
whole world.
The life of Judas Iscariat is a warning to all of us who are
church members. I suppose the majority of us gathered in this building
today are church members (most members of our church) and the life of
Judas Iscariat always serves as a warning to those who are members of a
church. Frequently when Judas is referred to in the Bible he is referred
to as one of the twelve. He was one of the disciples of Jesus. He
traveled with the Lord in his public ministry. Yet, according to the
Scriptures Judas Iscariat was a lost man. Now, they didn't know he was
a lost man. In fact, it never entered their minds that Jesus Christ
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would be betrayed by Judas. They probably thought he was a saved man.
It's possible that Judas himself thought he was a saved man. Yet, the
Bible tells us that he went to hell. So, the life of Judas is a constant
reminder to those of us who have our names on the church role that it is
not enough to have your name on the church role, you have to have your
name in the Lamb's Book of Life. S ...


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