My nine year old daughter Abigail went through the church this morning telling everyone that her mom was going to have a baby. Then she would say, “April fools.” I had one gentleman tell me I had something on my sleeve. I kept trying to find whatever he was talking about until he finally pointed out that I had fallen for his joke, “April fools.”
This morning we talked about “The Biggest Fool.” This message was on Judas Iscariot. We read from Matthew 26 and 27 and also John 6. When Jesus gave his disciples the prophecy that one of them was going to betray Him, they all responded with the question, “Lord, is it I?” That is the same way each of us should respond. “Lord, am I the one You are talking about?”
It is important for us not to turn Judas into some kind of one-dimensional evil person. The truth is, there is a little bit of Judas in every one of us. By understanding Judas we can better understand ourselves. Yes, Judas betrayed Jesus and he went to hell. He didn’t go to hell because he betrayed Jesus though. Every one of us at one time or another has betrayed our Lord. If you think about it there is very little difference between what Peter did and what Judas did other than the fact that Peter repented. Judas didn’t go to hell because he betrayed Jesus. He went to hell because he failed to accept Christ’s free gift of salvation. He mistakenly saw Jesus as a cause, not the Christ.
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