Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Christ will Rule….Consider Judas
Luke 19:27 “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.”
“Which would not that I should reign over them”
Now just what does Christ Jesus seek from all of us? He came to save us, and now He seeks that we will make Him our King.
Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”

Of your own will , bowing to HIS Will that HE might rule and reign within us; in His Kingdom of Light and Love.

It is my conviction, that all who refuse this, place themselves as Enemies of Christ, and must yet hear this from Him. “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither and slay them before me”
We think we can deal with GOD, and still keep options open in case we change our mind.
When we never really have the fullness of anything GOD gives us, until we are fully His.
Luke 16:11 “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”
God will not give you more than a taste of those “true riches” until you are One with Him.
Hebrews 6:4-6 “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift , and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”
You see they had experienced the reality of these things in their lives.
Because that is what “taste” means; to experience.

Have you ever thought of Judas?
His calling was never told. Why he followed Jesus, he never said. It soon came to light that he was a thief, but why he began to follow Jesus, it never says.
The first place you hear of Judas, was when Jesus called the men which followed him disciples, and gave them power to heal; and a commission to go and preach, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matthew 10:4 “Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.”
An interesting light is shown about our Lord’s time here, when Jesus called Himself the Bread of Life.
John 6:35 “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
Judas was there with the other disciples,(and at this time there were more than twelve). After Jesus says to them that they would have to “eat” his flesh, many of His disciples “went back”.
John 6:66 “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
Jesus was talking of having Him in their lives, which would give them life, as bread does. But many refused His saying…not because they did not understand it, but because it was “a hard saying”.
John 6:60 “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is a hard saying; who can hear it?”
Yet Judas stayed. Again, why?
John 6:64 “But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.”
Notice, Jesus makes a difference between believing not, and betraying him.
If Judas had “believed not”, he would have left with the others who refused to believe that Jesus was going to give them life.

But Judas betrayed Jesus. He not only didn’t believe in Jesus; he sought occasion to steal from Him, and then to sell Him.
John 12:6 “This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”
And Jesus knew.
His was an act so vile, because of the privilege he was given, when for three years he spent time with Jesus.
And because he could have walked away.
How much he would have seen in the time that he had spent with Jesus? Just how much Light he was sinning against?
Have you ever considered his repentance, and what came of it?

Matthew 27:1-5 “When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
And when they had bound him, they led him away to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? See thou to that.
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”
He was sorry for “innocent blood”; not for betraying God’s Son to death, for money.
But it was all too late. The Son of God/The Son of Man which he never believed in, or loved, was going to die.
He went to the wrong people, if he wanted forgiveness for his sin. If he thought they would do anything about it, he was wrong. He had seen Jesus being condemned, he could have spoken up for Him at the counsel.
But he didn’t.
He realized he had been duped, but that was all. It was all a self-centered cry of desperation; to try and change the judgement that he was feeling heavy upon himself.
And he realized, too late, that the money he loved so much, was useless now.

Judas killled himself, rather that seek forgiveness from the only One who could forgive sins.

But that did not stop God’s Purpose, nor can any.
Our Lord Jesus died, and rose again. He has all power and authority, and reigns in Heaven; and in the heart of everyone of His People here, who receive Him as their King.
And one day will come again, and reign as King here. Hasten the day, Lord.

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