Paul Scharf, church ministries representative for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, was privileged to do a radio interview with Mary Danielsen on the "Stand Up For The Truth" program on Q90 FM in Green Bay, Wis., on Dec. 8, 2023.
We hope you will listen to this broadcast and benefit from it, and we thank everyone behind "Stand Up For The Truth" for the permission to share it with you here.
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In Matthew 26, Jesus sat down. His betrayer joined Him.
In today's study, Jesus sat down for what we call the 'Last Supper,' with His betrayer seated just a few feet away. Our Lord had come to celebrate the Passover with His disciples, knowing this would be their last opportunity to do so. But He also knew the heart (and pending actions) of a man named Judas Iscariot.
In today's study, we'll consider the high stakes of Matthew 26.
Questions That We'll Answer:
A) Why did Judas betray Christ? What was his purpose and reward?
B) What doctrines did Jesus emphasize during the 'Last Supper?'
C) What was about to happen next? What did Jesus expect to occur?
Peter's speech includes two elements. In their centre are two Old Testament verses. They form a bridge between the two subjects of Judas's betrayal and the election of his replacement. It was symbolically important for the full complement of twelve eyewitnesses to be maintained at this formative stage in the kingdom. In this section, we draw out three characteristics of the people of God: being prayerful, trusting in the scriptures, and being witnesses for Christ.
We continue where we left off by focusing on the second half of our proverb and quote Henry Percy from Shakespeare's "Henry V" based in the history of England, discuss Benedict Arnold in the American Revolution and recall Judas Iscariot the Betrayer of Jesus.
Also Reference: Proverbs 22:1
People have been searching down across time to find fault in Jesus but have still found none. He's perfect and was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. If we refuse to live as God requires, we deny that perfect sacrifice.
Luke 22:45-62 – Armed for the Battle (2) – Sermon Outline
Intro: Christ is about to be betrayed, and He tells His disciples to arm themselves for the betrayal and battles ahead. The key armor, however, is not physical, but spiritual, watchfulness in prayer, not swords.
Need: Christ must lay down His life to pay for sin, and calls His disciples to prepare for the battle against evil by arming themselves in prayers to strengthen their faith to overcome temptation and trust in Him.
Theme: God's People and Kingdom grow by relying upon His strength to overcome evil.
The disciples lacked prayer so they lacked strength to stand with Christ in this darkest hour.
Peter, unarmed against the power of darkness, has his darkest hour in denying Christ three times.
Examples from Protestant Reformation Leaders of their victories, difficulties, and divisions in striving to stand in faithfulness by God's strength for His Church & kingdom.
As the apostles await the Promise of the Father, they act to fill up their number, one place having been vacated by the apostasy of Judas. With the disciples gathered, the Scriptures are applied, and Luke adds a few words to explain the situation. Then a solution is proposed and the lot is cast, and so all things are made ready for the establishment of the new covenant Israel of God.
Before we partake of the Communion, this morning, I would like to open up this phrase – "Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end." 1st of all – I want to explain to you some ways in which He had loved them thus far. Then, 2nd – I want to explain the way that He would love them at that present time. And finally, 3rd – I want to explain the ways that He loved them to the end. As Christ loves all who know Him in these same ways, we should receive these truths for the strengthening of our own souls at this time, and on into the future, as we live our life for Him.
After washing the feet of the disciples Jesus went back to reclining at the table and instructing the men. Not all of them will receiving the blessing He spoke of in verse 17. Not all of them will so the things He has shown them. One of them will choose himself over others. And he is not one that Jesus has chosen as His own. This man is close to Him and though He served him and broke bread with him, this man will betray Jesus. And He is telling them now before it happens so that when it does, they won't be surprised but also so that they would believe He is the I AM. That means that this horrible treason will lead to something good. Ultimately, Judas has not received Jesus and therefore he does not receive the Father. And no one can receive Jesus through Judas. For he was not truly sent by God. The Lord, greatly troubled, then tells the disciples plainly that one of them will betray Him. The disciples were at a loss of who would do such a thing. But Peter, desperately wanting to protect Jesus from this motioned to John laying at Jesus's bosom to ask Him. John asked and quietly told John it was the one whom He dips the morsel of bread with. And He did that and handed it directly to Judas. Judas took the morsel and ate it. And this symbolizes two things. First, the sovereign hand of God finally allowing Judas to proceed. He couldn't advance in this betrayal until God let him. Jesus then is allowing Judas to be let over to this treachery. And the second thing it symbolizes is the devil entering him. Even though what Jesus did was a kind gesture, Judas won't receive in what Jesus gives; he receives in himself the devil.
John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. 25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
Sermon Title: Betrayal and True Leadership
Theme: The greedy and boastful betray the Lord, while the humble lead by serving His people.
Judas's greed & love of money lead him to betray Christ and receive judgment. (21-23)
Christ teaches that true leadership is humble service that endures trials. (24-30)
Christ warns that boastful Peter will deny Him, but promises to bring Peter back to faithful service. (31-34)