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Judas – The Materialist
John 12:1-8; 13:1-30; Matt. 26:14-16; 27:1-10
INTRO: How many people named "Judas" do you know? More than likely NOT ONE! This name is held with such contempt that no one in their right mind would name their child "Judas" – unless of course they are not familiar with the Bible! People don't even use this name for their pet dog or cat because of the negative connotation to the name as a traitor! You're not likely to find "Judas" listed in suggested baby name books!
Probably the greatest personal tragedy in history is the story of Judas. How does a man go from being one of twelve chosen disciples, a man who could have had his name inscribed on the foundation stones in heaven, to being one of the worse sinners of all time – a man Jesus described as the "son of perdition!"? Note: The word "perdition" in Greek literally means: "waste!" He was thus described by Jesus here as the "son of waste."
How can a man fall from such a height to such a low place? Something edged him toward this great loss. The shock of this story is that it may have been something as simple as materialism that was at the foundation of his tragic fall!
PROP. SENT: The greater our passion for earthly things the less our passion for heavenly things! As Jesus aptly pointed out in Matt. 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." The love of silver robbed a man named Judas of his salvation – and it can still do this today! Jesus statement in Mat 6:24 proved all too true in Judas' case; "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."
I. CHARACTER OF A SINNER! Jn. 12:1-8; Matt. 26:14-16
A. Association vs. Transformation Jn. 12:1-8
1. Judas was a full partner in Jesus' ministry!
a. He was sent out like the rest to heal the sick, p ...
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