As we return to our sermon series on the Discipleship (following the VBS break), we take a look at a very difficult disciple – Judas Iscariot – and his replacement, Matthias. Judas is maybe the best known of the disciples for the worst possible reason – he was the tool used by the Jewish religious leaders to end the life of Jesus. Since he was such a bad person who acted in one of the most unforgivable ways imaginable, what lesson can we, as Christians, take away from this man’s life and actions? We would never be able to learn anything from Judas, would we? Or would we?
Rev. Campbell posed this question: Don’t we, even as Christians, have preconceived notions of how God should act or react under certain circumstance? Don’t we ask the question – If you’re a good God, how can bad things happen to people who don’t deserve them? Why don’t you answer my prayers, God? Why don’t you do what I think you should do? Judas was perhaps acting based on these same questions and expectations. Sadly, Judas, if he’d just understood what being a disciple meant, might have realized that the man whom he betrayed actually died to free him – Judas – from the sin of the betrayal. A disciple is a learner, and one who follows a teacher. Yet Judas spent 3 years with his teacher without ever learning the lessons being taught. We, too, sometimes fall prey to this behavior. How could God forgive what I’ve done? Why didn’t God do what I have been begging Him to do? And it’s during times like this that we either fall away from God, or fall towards Him.
Based on Luke 6:12-16; John 12:1-7; and Matthew 26:14-16; 26:42-50; & 27:1-10.