by Andrew McQuitty

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Three Lies Judas Believed (2 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
Acts 1:12-26

Those who walked next to Jesus had learned to expect him to do the unusual. They had seen him forgive a woman who had five husbands, honor a pint-size thief disguised as a tax collector, and love a streetwalker whose reputation would have brought blushes to the faces of Bonnie and Clyde (Max Lucado).

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. . . Then he went away and hanged himself (Matt. 27:3,5).


Introduction: Almost

One of the saddest words in the English language is almost. In Max Lucado's words, . . . it's a word that smacks of missed opportunities, aborted efforts, and fumbled chances. It's honorable mention, right field, on the bench, runner-up, and burnt cookies. . . [It's] The one that got away. The sale that nearly closed. The gamble that almost paid off. Almost.

We speak of people who almost finished the marathon, almost made the big leagues, almost passed the test, almost sank the three-pointer. As long as there have worthy goals in life and people pursuing them, there have been almosts. But almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. In most everything else, almost might just as well be not-at-all. One of the most famous almosts of the Bible is Judas--acquaintance of Christ, follower of Christ, betrayer of Christ. Chosen by the Lord as one of the original twelve, he walked the dusty roads at Jesus' side for three years. He endured the hardships, accepted the persecutions, and seemingly embraced the teachings. Judas was destined to take his place in history as one of the inner circle who helped launch God's movement of redemption for all eternity. But he didn't make it. Almost home, he bailed. Almost a hero, he betrayed. Almost redeemed, he rejected.

The worst tra ...

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