IS THERE A JUDAS IN THE HOUSE?
Matthew 27:3-5, “The Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the 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.”
A strange man has come into the area. He dressed rather strangely and differently. He was wearing some rough clothing called camel’s hair. He was from the wilderness sort of a hillbilly if you please. He was from the wilderness of Judea. His diet was a very unusual composing of locust and honey. He came to the banks of the Jordan River from the hills and wilderness nearby. He began to preach about someone the people had anticipated would come someday but did not realize He had already arrived on the scene.
This strange hillbilly preacher was John the Baptist. I am convinced most of the Apostles were saved under his ministry and baptized by John the Baptist. This of course in itself made the Apostles Baptists.
John the Baptist came preaching and crying aloud, “There cometh after me one whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose.” He said to the people, “He must increase and I must decrease.” The lowly man of Galilee wandered to the shores of the banks of the Jordan River. There John the Baptist pointed to Jesus and shouted, “Behold the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.”
Some dumb bunny said that John the Baptist preached one Gospel and Paul preached another Gospel. No! John the Baptist said, “Behold the lamb of God” the substitute that taketh away the sins of the world if you please.
Multitudes came to hear this unusual hillbilly preacher. This evangelist had not preached like any one had before his time. There was a certain attraction and magnetism toward him. I’m sure he gave an invitation much like a fundamental church would today. John the Baptist asked the people to come to Jesus and accept Him as the Lamb of God that would be the payment for all of their sins.
I can see it now! I see a throng of people coming down the aisle, not a church aisle, but an aisle in between people who were standing or seated. There is one who came, another who came, and another who came, and then dozens and dozens who flooded these make shift aisles.
In that crowd that day was a man named Judas Iscariot from a place called Cariot. Judas Iscariot that day saw his friends walk down the aisle and he said to himself maybe I’d better go down to the front too! He steps out and starts to the front but there was something different going on in his mind and heart. Others were admitting they were sinners, Hell was where they were headed, and they must have the Lamb of God to pay for their sins. Others were admitting that outside of Jesus’ shed applied blood they would have no hope of going to Heaven.
However, this was not the mindset of Judas Iscariot. He walked an aisle, but did not admit he was a sinner. He walked an aisle, but did not admit he was on his way to a devil’s Hell in his condition. He walked an aisle, but did not admit that he must trust the Lamb of God to pay for his sins. He walked an aisle, but he did not admit that the shed blood of the Lamb must be applied to his soul in order to have salvation.
Like Cain in the Old Testament he wanted to make his own way. Thus, Judas Iscariot when he arrived to the front made a false profession of faith in Jesus Christ. When John the Baptist congratulated the dozens upon dozens at the altar for trusting Christ as their Saviour no doubt Judas said to himself, “This is crazy! I didn’t get saved! I’m not trusting Christ to save my soul! All I want to do is straighten up a little bit and start running with the right crowd. All I want to do is have a better life. No, I’m not trusting Jesus Christ at all. The truth is I don’t need Him in order to make it to Heaven!”
Then he begins to feel bad! He feels like a hypocrite and as John the Baptist goes from convert to convert he looks one in their eyes and asked, “Are you trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour and Him alone for the payment of your sins?” Convert after convert responds, “Yes!”
Now, this Baptist preacher looks Judas Iscariot in his eyes and asks, “Are you trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour and Him alone for the payment of your sins?” Something inside of Judas screamed, “Tell him NO, NO, NO!” However, Judas answered, “Yes!”
I wonder when his name was read if he did not say to himself, “Maybe I ought to tell them now that I’m not saved and I do need to get saved?” Something inside of him said, “Stand up and tell the preacher you are not saved! Tell him you are a sinner! Tell him you are headed for Hell! Tell him you want to trust Jesus’ shed blood and have it applied to your soul!” But, tell him he didn’t because he was too proud to admit that he wasn’t saved just like some of you reading this chapter.
Judas said to himself, “I can’t do this! I’ll embarrass myself! Why, I’m well known and respected! Why, I’m a smart businessman! Why, I’m a man of some means!”
Can you imagine how he felt when the hands of John the Baptist were placed on him for baptism? No doubt the preacher’s left hand went to Judas’ elbow and his right went behind the head of Judas Iscariot and held him by the neck while lowering him into the Jordan River.
I can imagine what must have gone through the mind of Judas Iscariot. No doubt he said to himself, “This is mockery! I’m not really saved! I should have admitted I was a sinner! I should have admitted I too am headed for Hell! I should have received Christ by faith and been born again like the others! I must stop this baptism! I must tell the preacher I’m not really saved! But I can’t do that. I’m respected in this town among these people. Folks would laugh at me. Folks would make fun of me. I can’t ruin this baptismal service. I can’t admit here and now I’m not saved I’m not really born again. I know what I’ll do I’ll wait and tell the preacher later on at a more convenient time.”
Ladies and gentleman I’m not attempting to cause you to doubt, but I am cognizant of the fact that if out of the chosen twelve there was one who was still unsaved and lost that out of twelve readers of this article one is also possibly unsaved and lost without salvation.
If you have never come to grips with the fact that you are a sinner and will continue to sin, that you are headed for a devil’s Hell, that Jesus Christ was the only acceptable sacrifice by God the Father for man’s sins, and that you personally must invite Him to be your Saviour that you are as lost as Judas Iscariot was.
Jesus made it clear in John chapter that if a man is not born again he will not even see the kingdom of God let alone go there. The same hands that lowered our Saviour into the water of the Jordan River baptized Judas but Judas was too proud to admit he wasn’t saved!
FULL TIME SERVICE
Time past and Jesus decided to call some men up into a mountain in Matthew chapter 10. He decided to choose the twelve men who would be His Apostles: the men whom He would train to carry the Gospel to the known world after He is taken back up into Heaven. Peter, Andrew, Bartholomew, James, John, Philip, and then to the shock of Judas Iscariot his name is called. He was chosen to be one of the twelve Apostles to walk with Jesus.
He saw Jesus open blind eyes, unstop deaf ears, made the lame to leap, caused the dead to rise from the grave, and bless the little children. He, Judas Iscariot, was chosen by Jesus to be trained by Jesus Himself to be one of the Apostles. A full time worker for God if you please!
Can you imagine how the ordination service was when Jesus came and placed His hands on the head of Judas Iscariot and Judas said to himself, “What in the world am I doing? This is getting totally out of hand! Why, I ought to stand up right now and tell everyone I’m not saved! I’m not born again! I ought to stop this charade and stand up and tell them and take care of this thing once and for all! But, I can’t do that. They will laugh at me. Look at how they are all looking at me? Why I will embarrass myself. I can’t admit I’m really not saved. I know what I’ll do I’ll wait till after the ordination service and then I’ll have a little talk with the preacher. I’ll admit to him that I realize I’m a sinner, I’m headed for Hell, and I’ll explain that I must trust the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in order to go to Heaven. That’s it, I’ll wait till this ordination service is over.”
As the actual hands of Jesus were placed on his head, we have an unsaved man who knew he was unsaved, who knew he ought to get saved, but because of pride would not stop this farce and trust Christ goes ahead with this lie. All because he was afraid of embarrassing himself in front of a few hundred people will someday be embarrassed in front of the whole world at the Great White Throne Judgment of the unsaved as he stands before God.
He is not only an unsaved church member, not only an unsaved charter church member, but now he is an unsaved ordained full time servant of God. He walked the aisle in a Baptist preaching service but still lost. His name was called along with the others at the altar as trusting Christ but still lost. He was baptized by John the Baptist but still lost. He was ordained by Jesus Himself but still lost. Why, because of pride and because he kept putting it off and putting it off!
No one reading this chapter should take a chance on your never dying soul! Is there a Judas in the house? Are you born again? Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? Are you saying to yourself you will take care of this matter of being saved later on? Are you saying I’ll take care of it later on? Please do not dare take a chance on an eternity in Hell.
Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” It does not say, "may be saved" but it does say, “shall be saved.” AMEN!
Time has pasted and the church is growing rather significantly. The offerings are likewise growing and finally someone said we have to have someone who will do nothing but be responsible for the accounting of the offerings. They held a meeting of the church and someone stood and said there is a man in this church whom I trust more than anyone else and his name is Judas Iscariot. That man made a motion and quickly someone else seconded the motion that Judas be a staff member in charge of the finances. No doubt it was a unanimous vote for everyone had confidence in this businessman named Judas Iscariot.
If that church had voted who in their church was not saved they would have never suspected it would be Judas Iscariot. Judas was the most trusted disciple when it came to finances. They gave Judas the purse. They gave Judas the responsibility of the offerings. They did not have banks in those days so Judas carried the money.
Get the picture! As Jesus Himself laid the moneybag in Judas’ lap Judas no doubt said to himself, “Stop this insanity now! Tell Jesus you are not saved! Tell them all that you have not been born again! This is crazy! This has got to stop! I should have admitted this when I walked the aisle. I should have said something when they read the names of those at the altar. I messed up because I should have stopped the baptism service and told them I was unsaved. When I joined the church I should have stopped and told them I was not saved. When I was ordained I should have told them the truth! What have I done? But, that’s ok I’ll do it now! I’m going to stand up and stop this now and tell them all that I’m not really saved and I’m not really born again! Wait a minute! If I do that I’ll make a fool of myself! I’d better wait and tell them later on! No sense in ruining this business meeting now. I’ll wait for a more convenient time!”
However, Judas Iscariot waited too long and now he is in Hell at this very moment! The Scripture says that Judas went to his own place and there are some people reading this chapter who have walked down a church aisle, been baptized, joined a local church, chosen to be a leader but still unsaved. Please do not wait for a more convenient time for TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION!
Judas continues his folly. Hey, is there a Judas in the house? Judas walked a church aisle at the invitation time, baptized by John, and joined the church. Chosen as one of the twelve, and chosen as the most trusted of the twelve. He was not doubt at Sychar’s well. I wonder if he didn’t say to himself, “I ought to do what she just did!” I’m sure he was there when Matthew the converted tax collector had his meeting and gave his testimony of how he had trusted Jesus Christ as Saviour. No doubt Judas said, “I ought to do the same thing Matthew did. I ought to swallow my pride and fall on my face, admit I know I’m a sinner, admit I’m headed for Hell, admit that Jesus Christ is the only one who can pay for my sins, and then ask Jesus to save my soul from going to Hell. BUT, this is not a good time. I probably shouldn’t disrupt this meeting! I’ll just wait for a more convenient time!”
When Matthew spoke it was Judas’ pride that kept him from saying, “I myself am not born again! I walked the church aisle, I’ve been baptized, I am a charter church member, I am one of the twelve Apostles, and I am the church treasurer but I’m still unsaved!”
THE END IS NEAR
In just a few hours Jesus is going to Calvary. They have already felled the tree. They are shaving its bark. They are making it into a cross. The court is about to convene. Jesus and about 120 are in the upper room. Judas Iscariot is sitting there along with the others. All of a sudden Jesus takes a towel and a basin of water. He approaches the feet of the disciples and begins to wash their feet.
Can you imagine how Judas Iscariot felt when the Son of God began to wash his feet? Here He comes he is getting closer. Now’s the time Judas! Tell Him now Judas! Settle it now Judas!
Judas says to himself, “I see it, Calvary is just around the corner. I know Jesus is going to die. It is all coming to a head now. I can sense it. It is true what Jesus said, ‘Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground it abideth alone.’ It’s true what He said, ‘Destroy this temple and I’ll raise again after three days.’”
Judas said to himself, “This is crazy. How could I let this go on and on like this? I walked that church aisle and I knew better. The day they read my name along with the other convert’s names I knew I was not saved. That day I was baptized I should have said something then. That day I joined the church I should have spoken up. That day I was ordained I knew better I should have stopped it and spoke up. That day they voted me in as treasurer I should have said something and told them the truth. There is Jesus kneeling before me when I ought to be kneeling before Him. I ought to do it now! Get saved now! BUT, they will laugh at me so I’ll just wait a little longer. That would be much better.”
The problem with it is Judas is burning in Hell at this very moment! Judas no doubt reasoned within himself, “I’m a preacher! I’m ordained! I’m a charter church member! I’m holding an office at church! I was baptized by John the Baptist himself! I was ordained by Jesus Himself! Surely this is enough? Why, I even have cast out devils in His name1 I’ve healed people! I’m one of the twelve most respected men in Christianity! I am the most trusted of the twelve!” Is there a Judas in the house?
A few hours have past. Jesus had given the sop to Judas and Judas had been pointed out as the one who was going to betray Jesus. Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane. All of a sudden out of the shadows Judas Iscariot says in a viper like hiss of a sound, “That’s Him! Over there! I’ll kiss Him!”
The soldiers then impatiently asked which one is He and Judas Iscariot said, “It’ll be the one that I kiss! He’s the one! All while holding thirty pieces of paltry pieces of silver in his hand. The truth is many are selling Jesus out for far less than that.
I see Judas slipping and slithering up on the Saviour. I see him as he tiptoes toward the Saviour. I see him as he is getting closer and closer. I see Judas as he leans over to kill the Saviour as he says to himself, “What am I doing? What’s the matter with me? This is insane! This is crazy! What in the world has Jesus ever done to harm me? I ought to admit to Him right now that I am a sinner, I’m headed for a devil’s Hell, and I ought to admit to Him right now that He is the only one who can save my soul? I ought to ask Jesus’ forgiveness right now and trust Him to pay for all of my sins?”
The truth is the day Judas walked down the aisle with the dozens and dozens of others who trusted Christ he could have and should have been honest with himself about being a sinner and needing Jesus Christ to save him from all of his sins.
Judas is saying, “The day I walked down the aisle I should have gotten saved. The day I was baptized I should have gotten saved. The day I joined the church I should have gotten saved. The day I was ordained I should have gotten saved. The day I was elected treasurer I should have gotten saved. The day Jesus washed my feet I should have gotten saved, and right now I ought to stop this horrible betrayal and get saved! BUT, what will the soldiers think? What will the crowd say? What will the disciples say? What will the rest of the church say? I can’t do it! I’ll wait till this all blows over and later on I’ll get saved.
Is there a Judas in the house? Is there a Judas in the house? Judas Iscariot passed upon yet another opportunity to become born again of the Spirit of God. He could have truly kissed the Son of God with the kiss of faith but now he kisses Him with the kiss of betrayal.
A few hours passed. The Scriptures tell us he repented himself. What does that mean? He was not repenting of what he did but because he did it for such a small amount of silver. He did not go to the Saviour he went to a Chief Priest. He would rather have religion than have Christ. Judas was so guilt ridden and unrepentant that he took his money and cast it before the Chief Priest and then went out and hung himself. What a sad ending!
The Scripture says Judas Iscariot went to his own place and for 2,000 years he has been screaming in Hell awaiting his final entombment in the Lake of Fire forever. I can hear him screaming now, “Oh, my God I waited too late! Oh, my God please give me a drip of water to cool my tormented tongue for I am tormented in this flame!
IS THERE A JUDAS IN THE HOUSE?