Scandal in the group (Luke 22)

Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. Luke 22:3-4

As the news spread throughout the city of Jerusalem, it must have sent shock waves into the people who were following Christ.  The news was clear, “Jesus pastoral team falls apart.”

How could this be?  Answer, Sin!

The twelve began to follow Jesus over three years earlier.  But from the beginning one was not all-in.  His name was Judas.  We all know the story of his betrayal.  But how did he arrive at this place?

  • He was never a genuine follower of Jesus.  He liked the group but was never in the group.
  • He wanted the blessing of being in the group.  He became the keeper of the money and he often stole from the group.
  • He was a pawn in the hand of Satan.  John 13:3 “The devil put it in his heart to betray Jesus.”
  • He gave himself over to Satan, “Satan entered him.”

Brothers and sisters, are there sins in your life that you are harboring?  Are there sins you think are really not that damaging?  Be assured, what is secret sin here is open scandal in heaven.

Even the smallest of unconfessed sins will become instruments in the hand of Satan.  Unconfessed sin becomes festering sin which in turn leads to fatal sin to all who are around you.

This weekend we will observe the Lord’s Supper as a church.  I challenge you to be ready by being fully repentant before the Lord.

I Corinthians 11:23-33

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[f] you. Do this in remembrance of me.”[g] 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.[h] 31 But if we judged[i] ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined[j] so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

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