Ricky Sinclair: The Dangers and Destruction of Unbelief

The Danger and Destruction of Unbelief

Matthew 26:6-16

6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat [at meat].

8 But when his disciples saw [it], they had indignation, saying, To what purpose [is] this waste?

9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

10 When Jesus understood [it], he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did [it] for my burial.

13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, [there] shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

15 And said [unto them], What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

John 6:56-70 

56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard [this], said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

62 [What] and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.

64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

66 From that [time] many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

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 thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

1. What was Judas thinking? 

Why did Judas deny Jesus? 

How could Judas become possessed by Satan in the presence of Jesus and betray Him?

2. What was Judas’ thinking?

A. Could Judas have thought at first Jesus would become king and give him a position in His kingdom?

B. Did Judas think of Jesus more of an opportunity to get ahead?

C. Did wrong thinking in Judas maybe say, Jesus is a flake with all of His teaching, love your enemies, do good unto those who despitefully use you, bless and do not curse, love covers a multitude of sins, overcome evil with good. 

D. If I betray Jesus, I will be able to recover some money I have lost through the years by walking with Him. 

E. Jesus just keeps talking more and more about death and eternity and spiritual things rather than uniting the people and taking over. 

3. What is the difference in Mary’s thinking, Peters thinking and Judas thinking? 

4. Jesus was not the master of Judas, but self was Judas master. Judas loved money, position, pride. Everything he did was about him and for him. 

5. To Mary money was a way she could express her devotion and love to Jesus. She gladly gave of her best. There was nothing too good to give to Jesus. She worshiped, loved, honored, and blessed Jesus. Life was not about Mary it was about Jesus. 

6. Jesus spoke of two legacies that would be left, one to Judas and the other to Mary. 

A. Woe onto the one who betrays me, it would have been better that he had not been born.  (Matthew 26:24)

B. Jesus said of Mary, “Wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done for me shall be spoken in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:13)

7. The question today is: What do you think of Jesus? 

A. Judas said, “Why did you waste that on Jesus?” 

B. Many men today tip Jesus and view the generous giving of some as foolishness. Some even think a life-given in service of Jesus is a waste. 

8. Judas warns us that it is possible to walk with Jesus for years, even be one of His leaders and not really know him and even sell Him out. 

9. Mary encourages us to love Jesus with all of our heart and with everything that we have. 

10. Keywords: Friendship, Relationship, Intimacy, Devotion, Worship, Generosity, Service