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The Traitor (9 of 14)
The mere mention of the name, Judas, brings all kinds of negative responses. No one is ever named Judas. The only one I've ever heard is the Judas goat that is used sometimes in slaughter houses to lead animals to the slaughters. No parent would give his child a name like Judas.
Judas is known by many titles in the Bible. He is called the son of perdition by Jesus. He is called a devil. He is called a thief. But, I guess the worst of all the names is the name Luke gives to him in His Gospel. Luke refers to him as the traitor. That's the name that causes your ears to be scorched. The traitor.
Nobody likes a traitor. They tell me that in New York City there is a monument to four generals of the American Revolutionary War. There is an empty place on that monument because one was intended to be placed there for Benedict Arnold. Benedict Arnold was a traitor and he betrayed his own nation.
Judas did something even worse than betraying a nation. He betrayed the Savior, the Son of God. In Dante's Vision of Hell, down in the very pits of hell, where the devil himself is, Dante portrays Judas as being chewed to pieces in the mouth of Satan. The lowest thing ever done on this earth was when Judas, one of the Twelve, betrayed his own Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.
As you study the life of Judas, it is really a dark riddle in the Bible. On the way in tonight Janet asked me what I was going to preach about. I said, "Judas." I think she was deciding whether or not she was going to come on into the service or not. She asked me why Jesus selected Judas to be one of the Twelve disciples? That is a riddle, isn't it? It's a question that we all ask. Why did Jesus choose this man named Judas to be a disciple?
His name meant praise. Evidently his life must have started off quite w ...
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