by Marvin D. Patterson

The Betrayer’s Suicide
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 27:1-10


When a couple caught an intruder in their bedroom, the thief pulled a gun and announced, "Now that you’ve seen me, I’m going to have to shoot you."
He pointed his gun at the woman and said, "I like to know the names of my victims. What’s your name?"
"Elizabeth," the woman replied.
The intruder looked shocked and then said, "I can’t go through with this. My mother was named Elizabeth."
Then, recovering his composure, the intruder turned his gun on the husband. "What’s your name?’ he asked.
The husband looked at the gun, looked at his wife, looked back at the burglar and then stuttered "Joe," the terrified man said. "But all my friends call me Elizabeth."

APPLY: Your name can have a lot to do with how others view you. It can even influence how you view yourself. For example, before WWII, the New York phone book had 22 Hitlers listed … and none after. The people changed their name because they didn’t want to be associated with the evil of that man.

Similarly, no one I know would deliberately name their children Jezebel or Delilah or Herod or (pause…) Judas.

Actually, there’s nothing wrong with the name itself. Judas is a variant of Judah – one of the great tribes of Israel. It means: “He shall be praised” It’s a great name… but it’s been tainted, it’s been fouled, it’s been dishonored by a man whose faithlessness & cowardess have forever branded the name Judas as the mark of a traitor.

In fact, for many years the term “Judas kiss” was used to describe the disloyalty of so-called friend who would “double-cross you” or who would betray your trust.

We have been going through the last days of Christ, and we ended up last week looking at the unfair trial of Jesus Christ! We know that Judas has betrayed the Lord, and now the riotous mob has come to unjustly arrest our beloved Savior! Peter and the disciples have run for their live, and Peter and John have both come back to ...

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