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JOHN 12:4-6

"Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein."

judas, the traitor!

 A Preacher in his Study

 

 

LESSON 1:

We live in days when everything is upside down!

Isaiah said such times would come.

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20

Well, here's an example of such perverted thinking.

A new so-called "Gospel" has been "discovered!"

It is called the "Gospel of Judas!"

Of course, it is not a real Gospel at all!

It is NOT inspired!

It is NOT a part of Scripture.

But there is something that it does accomplish!

It takes Judas the Disciple, the traitor, and makes him into a hero!

This is a classic case of transforming evil into good!

Such things as these occurring in the world of theology have excited me in reference to a Text of Scripture, John 12:4-6.

It presents a quick glimpse at Judas, one of several pictures John shares with us.

"Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein." John 12:4-6

The scene concerns one of Jesus' many social events. It happens six days before the Crucifixion. Jesus had come to Bethany, nearly a suburb of Jerusalem and home to Mary, Martha and Lazarus. This is Lazarus whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

That evening "There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him." John 12:2

Jesus at table!

At that great meal something happened, something astounding!

"Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment." John 12:3

This is worship!

In fact, every time we see this Mary in Scripture, she is at the feet of Jesus!

In Luke 10:38-39 we read: "Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word." See her at His feet?

When her brother Lazarus had died, Mary also fell at Jesus' feet! "Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died." John 11:32

Now in our context here ... Mary, again at the feet of our Lord, adores and anoints Him with some very expensive perfume! Like incense offered to the Saviour, she lavishes Him with honor and value and worth! Read John 12:3 again ... "Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment."

It is at this occasion, this meal, this "worship service," that the incident we are about to study occurs.

Lord willing, we shall study more about the Disciples in general and Judas in particular tomorrow.

Until then, spend some time at the feet of Jesus!

                                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2:

The man named Judas is identified simply as one of Jesus' Disciples. Some ultra liberals deny this fact, but they also deny the whole Bible practically!

That noun "disciple" is interesting. It is spelled "mathetes" and means "a learner, pupil or follower" of a teacher. It is found 269 times in the New Testament, all of which are translated in some "discipling" manner.

These men are listed in Matthew 10:2-4 and Luke 6:13-16 and again in Acts 1. There is Bible reason to believe that there were two men named "Judas" among the Twelve. Luke lists for us: "Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor."

The name "Iscariot" likely means a "man" ("iysh" in Hebrew) from "Kerioth," a small town of Judah. Bear in mind that most of the Disciples were from Galilee, not Judah. It is briefly mentioned in Joshua 15:25.

The name Judas is a form of the noun "Judah" and means praise!

However it appears to me that once Judas betrayed the Lord, other men with that name spelled it differently ... so as not to be identified with such disloyalty! Thus we have the Epistle of JUDE in Scripture, not Judas!

We are told that Judas the traitor is "the son of Simon." There are at least 10 different men so named in Scripture. The name means "hearing" or "heard."

The point is this: Judas is a specific historical man who sold our Lord for thirty pieces of silver.

And He is not a hero!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3:

The enemies of Scripture are trying to completely re-write the Life of Christ. They are  even now saying that the Jesus of the Gospels is NOT the real Jesus of history!

They have reconstructed His Virgin Birth, His Temptation victories over Satan, His miracles and preaching and ... especially ... His Death, Burial and Resurrection!

They are robbing Jesus of the miraculous ... and substituting instead the rational! That is, things that can be easily explained, readily comprehended by the natural mind!

A new group of "Gnostic" writings have been discovered, one quite recently. These question the very deity of Jesus, His Godhead.

They also make one of the Bible's notorious villains into an absolute hero! I mean Judas Iscariot!

I read a few days ago where a so-called "scholar" took great pains to explain that Judas did not really "betray" our Lord! He suggested that the verb used for "betray" in the King James Bible has been "slanted" or "spun" or "interpreted" to make Judas look bad! He is quite sure that "betray" is NOT the right translation for "paradidomi."

Well, let's look at the verse he is using. "Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray Him ...." John 12:4

John here is introducing a comment Judas made, a remark disagreeing with Jesus allowing a woman to worship Him lavishly!

Judas, John writing later than Jesus' Ascension, is made known to us by association. He was the one who betrayed our Lord!

Now, let's do examine that verb.

"Should betray" is the verbal unit here. It translates "paradidomi," the Greek verb. This consists of two words fused together. "Para" means "alongside." Then "didomi" means "to give." When taken together the meaning is plain: to give someone over to the side of another. To deliver up!

Now, granted, the context must play an important role in discerning any word with such a vast range of meaning ... but it is clear here that John means nothing good about Judas as he describes him so clearly!

In the King James Bible "paradidomi" is used 121 times. "Deliver" is the rendering of the word 53 times and "deliver up" another 10 times. But it's "give over" 2 times and "give up" 2 times but it's "betray" 40 times!

Dear friends, when Judas committed "paradidomi" against Jesus, he gave Him over to the enemy! He gave Him up to certain crucifixion! He outrightly betrayed Him!

And even if an honest Greek scholar or falsely called moderate preacher had honest doubt about the verb, he could also read that Judas was paid 30 pieces of silver for his deed! That fact alone proves that betrayal is the issue! He sold Jesus for money!

Furthermore, Judas' reaction after his crime, after his sin, is evidence of his guilt! He thought better of his wicked deed! He tried unsuccessfully to return the blood money! Then he killed himself!  Combined these all surely illustrate the deeds of a traitor!

Listen to me today.

Forget this liberal garbage that is being published in our day and time.

We don't need those "new" so-called Gospels anyway.

We have the only four that are inspired: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!

The King James Bible needs no correction.

And Judas is a wicked man who died lost and went a place of eternal torment!

Judas is NOT a hero at Calvary.

Jesus is the Hero, the Saviour, the Redeemer, the Substitute, the Son of God!

His Blood atones, better yet, washes away our sin!

Adore Him today!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4:

"Worthy is the Lamb!"

So cry the multitudes around the Throne of God, the Throne in Heaven.

Right now they are adoring and worshiping Him!

"Worthy is the Lamb!"

Revelation 5:12 records their very words: "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."

Once when Jesus was eating a meal in the home of three of his friends, one of His hosts came to Him and anointed His feet with a very expensive perfume!

Furthermore she dried His feet with her hair, honoring and adoring Him as God the Son!

Here's how the Holy Spirit recorded it: "Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment."

Then one of Jesus' Disciples, Judas the traitor, spoke against such a lavish display of love!

"Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?" John 12:4-5

Judas was upset!

He in his mind could not justify wasting so much money on so lowly an action!

Judas was a pragmatist. Things had to make sense and be practical to suit his tastes.

But surely such a devaluation of worship, at any cost, is an indicator of a far more serious deficit in one's life!

To Judas Jesus was just not worth three hundred pence!

A "pence" or penny was an amount of money equal to one day's labor for a common shepherd or tent-maker or grape gatherer. Three hundred pence would have equaled nearly a year's salary!

The "poor" were far more important!

Judas was a man of commerce!

The verb "sold" translates "piprasko" and basically means "to travel" or "to traverse" as does a salesman who goes from city to city.

The noun "ointment" is spelled "muron" and likely comes from the old word "myrrh." This herb was generally used to help embalm and prepare dead bodies for a proper respectful burial. Mary had the faith and foresight to sense Jesus was the Saviour Who had come to die for our sins! She also knew that He too was the Resurrection and the Life! In this sense she really was far ahead of most of the disciples in discernment and comprehension!

Myrrh has a distinct healing property. It also can be a great cleansing agent. It is an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agent too. Additionally it can greatly reduce certain forms of distress.

Now it is true that the word "poor" as translated speaks of those who are in abject need! Extremely impoverished! "Ptochos" actually carries the idea of being reduced to beggary. Destitute! But Jesus did once reminded us: "For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always." Matthew 11:26

The very idea behind "honour" and "worth" and even "woship" is just that ... the "weight" or "value" one places upon an individual!

To worship Jesus ... even with a three hundred pence price tag ... is nothing when compared to His eternal Value and Preciousness!

He is more valuable than all the gold of earth and stars of heaven and treasures of the sea!

After all, Paul reminds us that in Jesus "are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Colossians 2:3

Judas did not understand!

He did not value the Lord Jesus as he should have!

And to any person who lacks appreciation and adoration for the Lord ... I would say "be careful!"

For along with salvation always ultimately comes honor and respect and proper evaluation for Jesus!

And Judas didn't have it!

Do we?

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5:

I have often said that the best commentary on the Bible ... IS the Bible!

So often Scripture explains itself.

While this is true in all of the Bible's sixty six Books, it is particularly true in the Gospel of John!

John, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is an excellent teacher!

For example, in John 1:38 we read these words: "They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?" Here the material in parentheses is an exposition of the term "rabbi."

Once again in John 4:7-8 we are enlightened as to why Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water. That was a strange request. John explains: "There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)"

A self-explanatory example is built into John 9:7. "And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing." Now we know what "Siloam" means!

And due to the fact that the New Testament mentions several ladies named Mary, John 11:1-2 explains: "Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)" Thank you, John.

And while I am skipping several good examples, John 19:17 explains: "And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha." And of course, yet to this very day any good Greek lexicon will tell you that "Golgotha" does mean "skull!"

But in one of the fourth Gospel's amazing "Judas" Texts, we discover yet another case of John's interpretive skills. I mean Holy Spirit inspired interpretation too! "Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein." John 12:4-6

Look!

The reason Judas so objected to Mary's costly anointing of Jesus was ... his greed, his selfishness, his stealing!

In John's exposition here we learn that: Judas was not really concerned for the poor! And we also discover that he was a thief! This word is "kleptes" as in our English noun kleptomaniac! We also here are taught that Judas was the treasurer of the group! He "had the bag." He supervised the Apostolic treasury, taking anything he wanted too!

None of these facts put Judas in a very good light!

But, guess what?

So far as has been publicly revealed to date, the newly popular "Gospel of Judas" does not mention these facts at all!

Today's "new" and "contemporary" teaching about Judas is that instead of being a "traitor," he was really a "hero!" Some even go so far as to say that he did Jesus a favor by turning the Saviour over to the enemy! That Judas nobly and sacrificially gave himself ... to help fulfill God's Will!

Folks, that is NOT what the Bible says!

As we get closer and closer to the Return of Jesus, what the Bible calls "evil" is more and more being called "good!"

That even includes Judas!

And John's great "explanation" habit helps prove the true character of the man who betrayed our Lord! The man who felt so much remorse and guilt that he ended his own life! The man whom Jesus said had "a devil!" See John 6:70-71. "Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve."

With battles such as this raging in our rebellious world, Romans 3:4 must be our hermeneutical plumb-line or standard. "Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar."

Amen!

I'm sticking with the Bible!

                                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6:

"He was a thief."

That's what John said about Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus.

The noun for thief is "kleptes" in Greek and is derived from the verb "klepto" which just means "to steal."

It's the verb here that is so interesting.

It's a form of "eimi" in Greek, the central verb that expresses "being." But it is framed in the "imperfect" tense, suggesting a state that began in the past but has lasting consequences.

Judas had been stealing for a while!

Now Jesus talked about thieves more than one might think. He included them in his parables. He even reminded us that Heaven has no thieves! He taught that a man or woman who tried to get eternal life through any means other than Christ Jesus ... is a thief and a robber!

He furthermore described Himself as anything but a thief! "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10

And the Lord certainly validated Moses' commandment: "Thou shalt not steal." In fact, our Lord wrote that commandment!

Ladies and gentlemen, what about us today?

Are any of us thieves?

"No," I hear the resounding cry!

But, wait a minute.

Do we take pay for time we are not working ... down on the job? That could be at least a form of stealing.

Do we "sneak" things from work to our homes? After all, the pay scale is so low anyway! Ask the Lord. That might be stealing too.

Gossip is a thief too!  It certainly can steal someone's good reputation! How much loose talk is belched forth ... without the perpetrator even thinking to verify his story?

Students, have you ever "stolen" a right answer from someone's test paper, or homework sheet?

Of course, in today's world, even the idea of "stealing" seems questionable. Is the "theft" politically correct or not?

To "steal" from the environment is anathema, unforgivable!

But to "steal" an unborn baby's life is perfectly fine! In fact, it is an expression of liberty and freedom, the mama's!

Crazy!

But I do know this.

Judas was a thief!

And he is in Hell today!

The great Apostle Paul preached: "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." 1st Corinthians 6:9-10

No thieves in Heaven!

How honest are we?

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7:

The Disciple Judas, Judas Iscariot, betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ.

Judas was an evil man.

John 12:6 tells us: "He was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein."

By having the "bag" is meant the fact that Judas was the treasurer of the Twelve! He "had" it! The verb "echo" means "to hold on to" something! Judas may have been possessive of his little job! He may have been desirous of money ... or power ... or fame!

The verb "bare" here is spelled "bastazo" and usually has the idea of carrying a rather heavy load! I think Scripture is telling us that Judas was money hungry! Greedy! He has spent as little as possible and had amassed some real cash!

Maybe he loved "control!"

I suspect Judas' goals were very unlike our Lord's goals!

Now, for today I want to mention that little word for "bag." It is unique, only being found twice in the whole Bible. It is spelled "glossokomon" and actually contains the Greek word for "tongue," glossa!

A "glossokomon" was a small box or bag that was originally used to hold a "mouth-piece" for a musical instrument. Get it? "Mouth" and "tongue" are so closely related! It later came to mean a container in which one could keep anything, maybe even the whole instrument.

But visit with me the other Text where this word for "bag" is used! There we will learn even more about Judas! I will clearly mark our word.

"I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night." John 13:18-30

Here we learn that Judas "lifted up his heel" against Jesus! Jesus quoted Psalm 41:9 and applied it to Judas: "Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me." Also we are told that Judas "betrayed" Jesus! Our Lord Himself used that word. Then after Jesus positively identified Judas as the disloyal traitor, using the sopped piece of bread, Judas went out into the "night!" This word is an "indicator" of spiritual darkness for sure!

I've written this today to show you what a clear and unmistakably negative view the Bible takes of Judas. He was lost. He is in a place of torment today. He never believed in Jesus with saving faith. Jesus said this in John 17:12, obviously referring to Judas: "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 of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled."

Yet in our age, the Bible critics and God haters have found a new text, a new so-called gospel! It names itself "The gospel of Judas!" It has not yet been published, but has allowed a few official "leaks" of its content.

It says that Judas was not wicked, but good!

Not a villain, but a hero!

Not selfish, but a martyr!

In other words, it proclaims a very different Judas than does the Bible!

Why would anyone want to make the Bible out to be a lie?

To ask that question is to answer it!

Could it be that they hate the Bible; its Message and its Author, Almighty God?

Furthermore, the Gospel of Judas apparently presents a new plan of salvation!

Yes, man no longer is a sinner there! He needs no Saviour!

Jesus is merely a light, one of many.

He, again Jesus is meant, can and will show men and women what awesome "good" really indwells the human being!

Jesus the Prophet will help man to discover and ignite the spark of deity that resides within each specimen of humankind!

No!

No!

No!

There is only one way to be saved!

Peter explains it perfectly in Acts 4:12.

Speaking of Jesus he says: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

Amen!

I'll trust God's Word any day over the words of some partial manuscript whose date is long after the time of Christ.

John wrote: "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son." 1st John 2:22

Amen!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 8:

Have you ever heard this?

Many of the old-time preachers thought it to be true.

In fact, the "Anti-Christ" was a special point of interest to them.

Whereas nowadays many preachers do not even give him a second thought.

I do realize that the old fundamentalists, especially us dispensationalists, had some wild ideas about the Anti-Christ.

I mean ideas concerning his identity!

Guesses have ranged from Hitler to the Pope to Mussolini to some wild present day politicians! 

Well, I am going to introduce you today to what may be a new line of thought.

I do not teach this dogmatically!

It is merely a possibility.

I could be speculating way too much.

Although I've certainly heard my Uncle, an evangelist, preach this back when he was alive.

Preach what, Brother Bagwell?

The possibility that Judas Iscariot could be the Anti-Christ!

Now, don't laugh yet.

The Anti-Christ is the devil incarnate. He is empowered by Satan. And Jesus clearly called Judas a devil! "Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve." John 12:70-71

Also our Lord called Judas the "son of perdition!" And that's the exact title Paul used for Anti-Christ a few years later. Listen as Jesus communes with His Father in prayer: "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 of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled." Jesus is speaking of Judas here in John 17:12. Now hear Paul on the Anti-Christ: "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." 2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4

Then, when Judas died, we are told something strange. We know he did not go to Heaven. Then he is in Hell we would say. I certainly agree. Yet the Scripture says this of Judas when he died: "This ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place." Acts 1:25

See that?

Judas went to "his own place!"

That sounds unusual.

We are told that of no one else in the whole Bible as far as I can tell.

Could it be that Judas will be resurrected in the last days and assume the role of Anti-Christ?

Now do remember, others will be resurrected during the tribulation period. The two witnesses of Revelation 11 come to mind and perhaps even the Anti-Christ himself as described in Revelation 13!

I of course realize that no human yet knows the positive identity of Anti-Christ.

I am here just matching a few Bible facts and parallel terms and coming to a conclusion that might be possible.

But I do know this.

If Judas were to be the Anti-Christ, things would be a lot smoother as he assumes world-wide control of the nations of earth IF he could somehow be transformed from a traitor into a hero!

And, astonishingly, that's exactly what the newly discovered Gospel of Judas is said to do!

Of course various heretics of history have always had nice things to say about Judas!

But Jesus didn't!

"Devil" and "Son of perdition" are hardly terms of endearment!

Neither does Paul say anything kind!

Nor the whole Bible, anywhere!

Surely we are living in the last days!

Jesus is coming again!

Will His Return mean safety and deliverance for you?

Or will you instead "believe the lie?"

Think about it.

(And even if a Bible student cannot agree that Judas might be the Anti-Christ, he would have to believe that the "spirit" of Judas is active in Anti-Christ. Judas is a picture or a type or a symbol of Anti-Christ. Still the main point of today's lesson remains in force. Today's world is demonically being prepared to accept a monstrosity of a man to be their leader, a charismatic Satan figure! One who promises peace, but brings world-wide war! Nowadays heroes are being turned into villains and villains into heroes!)

                                                                                      --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 9:

Yesterday we talked about the Anti-Christ.

Enough of him!

Today I want to talk about the real Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ!

He is the eternal Son of God!

Scripture tells us He was involved in creation itself! The creation of the world!

He also was born of a virgin! Miraculously so! By the direct act of God! About two thousand years ago!

He lived a sinless life!

Never one bad thought! Nor a single lustful glance! Absolutely without sin!

He worked miracles, preached astounding sermons, loved the outcast and generally "went about doing good!"

Then it happened!

Well, it did not just "happen" really. It was planned ... from eternity past!

The Cross of Calvary!

Jesus died, shedding His precious Blood, that sinners might be saved!

Born again!

He then was buried for three days preceding His Resurrection!

You heard me right!

He literally physically arose from the grave!

This miracle is an attestable fact of history. Being seen of many hundreds of witnesses, Jesus was provably alive after His cruel death!

Forty days later He ascended to Heaven!

There He now sits at His Father's Right Hand!

Praying, interceding for you and me, dear Christian friends!

And, best of all ... He's coming back again!

Coming to get us!

What good news!

Why would anyone want to talk about Anti-Christ when the Lord Jesus is described so fully and beautifully in the Word of God!

Praise Him today!

Thank Him today for saving you!

Worship Him!

After all, as Paul summarizes: "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." 1st Timothy 3:16

Amen!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

FORGET JUDAS ... I'LL TAKE JESUS! HE IS THE DARLING SON OF GOD ... AND MY PERSONAL SAVIOUR!

 

 

 

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