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One Day Can Change Everything #4: Judas - Avoiding The Greatest Tragedy


The Son of Man is going to die as the Scriptures say he will. But how horrible it will be for that person who betrays the Son of Man. It would have been better for that person if he had never been born.

Matthew 26:24 GW


Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.

Matthew 27:5 NLT


IF I AVOID THE GREATEST TRAGEDY …


  1. I WILL ENCOUNTER PARDON.


Jesus said, “Father, forgive these people! They don’t know what they’re doing.

Luke 23:34 CEV


In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.

2 Peter 3:9b CEV


Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity…? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in showing clemency. He will again have compassion upon us; he will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

Micah 7:18-19 NRSV


2. I WILL ENCOUNTER PURPOSE.


…You will be my witnesses—in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.”

Acts 1:8b NCV


3. I WILL ENCOUNTER POWER.


But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power.

Acts 1:8a CEV


I want you to know about the great and mighty power that God has for us followers. It is the same wonderful power he used when he raised Christ from death …

Ephesians 1:19,20a CEV


God…began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.

Philippians 1:6 CEV


4. I WILL ENCOUNTER PEACE.


I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.[b] Remember what I told you—I am going away, but I will come back to you again…

John 14:27, 28 LB


Jesus himself stood right in the middle of them and said, “Peace be with you.” They were fearful and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus said, “Why are you troubled? Why do you doubt what you see? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have a living body as you see I have.

Luke 24:36b-39 NCV


TO AVOID THE GREATEST TRAGEDY REQUIRES ME …


  1. TO GUARD MY HEART.


Jesus and his disciples were at supper. The Devil had already put into the heart of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, the thought of betraying Jesus…

John 13:2 GNT


Above all else, guard your heart….

Proverbs 4:23a NIV


So be careful. If you are thinking, “Oh, I would never behave like that”—let this be a warning to you. For you too may fall…”

1 Corinthians 10:12 TLB


Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith…

1 Peter 5:8,9a CEV


2. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF “WAYS OF ESCAPE”


You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations.

1 Corinthians 10:13 CEV


3. TO MAKE A COMPLETE COMMITMENT TO CHRIST.


Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

John 13:10-11 NIV


These “against-Christ” people used to be members of our churches, but they never really belonged with us…

1 John 2:19 LB


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