Preach Him with Dr. Jim
He Kissed The Door To Heaven But He Went To Hell
and John 10:7-10
Judas Iscariot is a
fascinating character in the Biblical narrative. So many
questions come to mind when we consider him:
WHY would he do what he did?
WHY did he become a disciple in the first
place, if he wasn't interested in
WHY couldn't the other disciples see
WHY was he unaffected by three years of
listening to the preaching of the
Son of God?
Many non-churched people tell me they are
as good as people in the
church. I usually
agree with them and ask, "what will being
as good as some church people
gain for you?"
How good you are does not matter, because
you must be perfect, and you
can't do that by yourself. Jesus commanded us to be perfect. You and I
only be perfect through the perfect work of Christ.
I accepted the
perfect sacrifice of Christ; have you?
Judas kissed the
door to heaven but he went to hell.
1. Observation One:
Jesus Is The Door To
Heaven. John 10:7-10
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I
say unto you, I am
the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and
robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door : by me if
enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am
they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. KJV
Holman Hunt painted a picture as he was inspired from this verse. He
painted a likeness of Christ standing at a door knocking. He did not
door handle on the door. When he allowed his friends to view the
one said "you left the door handle off the door."
Holman said "I am so glad you noticed."
When asked why he left off the
door knob he told them it was to portray this verse. Jesus knocks but
allows us to open. You have been allowed by God to have a choice.
Thursday Night I led an evangelism team of witnessed on a visit where
planned to share the gospel. I took the Eternal Life Tract and led a
and wife through the pages. When we got to a little drawing it
man called, sinful man. Over across the page the area was
called Holy God. How does a sinful man get to God. The first bridge
across is called self
effort and this bridge does not go across to a holy God.. I asked the
the house if the bridge made it to a holy God. He correctly said, "no
doesn't." I asked him to give me the name of the bridge, and he read,
effort." Earlier he told me if he stood before God and He asked, "why
should I let you into my heaven, he would say because he was a good
person." I repeated his earlier words and asked, "is that what you said
earlier?" He agreed.
On the next page the sinful man is shown
walking on a bridge that does
make it all the way to a holy God. This bridge is the cross laid down
ways from the place of a sinful man to the place of the Holy God. I
husband if the bridge made it to a holy God, and he, trying to be
"yes unless you turn right or left.
That makes a great points because the trip
to heaven is a straight line from
Jesus to The Father.
Everyone needs to go directly to God the
Father through Jesus the Son. John 14:6
Observation Two: Judas Kissed Jesus. Matt. 26:47-50
47 And while he yet
spake, lo, Judas, one of the
twelve, came, and with
him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests
elders of the people. 48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign,
Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49 And
he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50 And Jesus
unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? KJV
DEFINITION - Kiss =
Greek KATAPHILEO, meaning, "to kiss fervently."
The compound (i.e. KATA and PHILEO) indicates a prolonged kissing
designed to give the crowd a chance to see the one to be seized." (Linguistic
to the Greek New Testament)
Observation Three: Jesus Chose Judas; But Judas Never
Chose Jesus. John 6:68-71
68 Then Simon Peter answered
him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou
hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that
that Christ, the Son of the living God. 70 Jesus answered them, Have
chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 71 He spake of Judas
the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of
A. Jesus Chose Judas. John 6:70
70 Jesus answered them, Have not
I chosen you twelve, and one of
you is a devil?
Never Chose Jesus.
Called Jesus Lord.
2. When his words are recorded in scripture, he is
C. Jesus Chose Judas
But Did Not Commit To Him. John 2:23-25
23 Now when he was in
Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day,
many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he
did. 24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he
knew all men, 25 And needed not
that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. KJV
D. Judas Committed To
His Plan Not Jesus' Plan. Matt 27:3
3 Then Judas, His
betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was full
of remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests
4 "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood," he said. What's that to
they said. "See to it yourself!" 5 So he threw the silver into the
and departed. Then he went and hanged himself. (HCSB)
ATR: But mere sorrow avails nothing unless it
leads to change of mind and
life, "metanoia," the sorrow according to God (I1 Cor. 7:9 ).
sorrow Peter had when he wept bitterly. It led Peter back to Christ.
But Judas had
only remorse that led to suicide.
(Robertson's Word Pictures.)
Bob Jones, Jr. once said, "A faith that has not changed your life has
saved your soul" "If your religion does not change you, then you should
change your religion."
Opinion About Judas and Commitment.
thought he could make Jesus usher in an earthly kingdom.
Lou Gehrig was known as the "Iron Man" of baseball. He played for the
New York Yankees in the 1920's
and 30's. In a crucial game, it was the bottom of the ninth inning with
two out and Gehrig was up to bat. The
crowd stood in anticipation of Gehrig getting a game winning hit. The
count went to two strikes and no
balls. The third pitch was delivered and Gehrig never moved his bat.
The umpire yelled, "Strike three!"
Gehrig uncharacteristically said something to the umpire before walking
from home plate. Reporters ran
on the field and surrounded Gehrig wanting to know what he said to the
pawed at the ground and called the umpire over and asked him to tell
the reporters what he had said., The umpire said, "Well all he
said was, 'I'd give a hundred dollars if I could have that pitch
What do you think Judas would give to have
his opportunity back?
Observation Four: Judas Died and Went To His Own Place. Acts 1:25
That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which
by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. KJV
ATR To his own place eis ton topon ton
idion. A bold and picturesque
description of the destiny of Judas . . . . He made ready his own berth
and went to it. (Robertson's Word
VIN. His own place. It is the place which
was peculiarly his, as befitting
his awful sin-Gehenna. (Vincent's
A. Some are
only "outwardly" Christian.
1. Judas looked saved.
2. Judas acted saved.
3. He held a "church
office" - treasurer
4. He witnessed and preached.
5. Mark 6:7, 12-13 ( KJV) And he called unto him the
began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power
over unclean spirits; . . . 12 and they went out, and preached that
men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed
with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
6. ) He
participated in great victories, and campaigns.
7. Feeding of the 5000
8. Feeding of the 4000
10. Healing of the man born blind.
11. Healing of blind Bartimaeus
12. Raising of Jairus' daughter
B. Some are Never Detected By The
1) In spite of his lost
condition, NOT ONE of the other disciples
even momentarily considered Judas to be the possible traitor,
considering themselves more likely candidates than he! Cf. Mark
2) Some are "outwardly" Christian, but in
JUDAS WENT TO HELL!(John 17:12 KJV) While I was with
them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou
gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son
perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
4) NOTE - THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS!
a. Judas, the PREACHER, went to hell!
b) Judas, the CHURCH
TREASURER, went to hell!
c) Judas, the Evangelistic Crusader, went to hell!
d) Judas, who saw Jesus HEAL, went to hell!
e) Judas, who was involved in casting out DEMONS,
f) Judas, the COMPANION OF JESUS CHRIST, went to
g) Judas, ONE OF THE TWELVE, went to hell!
QUOTE (Billy Sunday) - "A man is a fool
who thinks, because he does not
believe in hell, that his opinion shuts the door and puts
out the fire."
How sad to fool the
Then find out that
God was never fooled.
Conclusion KING AGRIPPA
Acts 26:28-29 28 Then Agrippa said unto
Paul, Almost thou persuadest
me to be a Christian. 29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only
but also all that hear me this day, were both almost , and altogether
such as I
am, except these bonds. KJV
PersuadedAlmost persuaded" now to believe;
persuaded" Christ to receive;
Seems now some soul to say, "Go, Spirit, go Thy
Some more convenient day On Thee I'll call."
"Almost persuaded," come, come today; "Almost
persuaded," turn not away;
Jesus invites you here, Angels are lingering near
Prayers rise from hearts so dear; O wanderer,
"Almost persuaded," harvest is past!
"Almost persuaded," doom comes at last!
"Almost" cannot avail;
"Almost" is but to fail!
Sad, sad, that bitter wail--
"Almost," but lost
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