We have ALL been disappointed in life and ministry. We have not only been with Judas as he criticizes other’s labors, but we have also been in the “upper room” where Judas leaves the church. We have followed Christ to the Garden of Gethsemane to see Judas kiss the Gate of Heaven, only to die in his sins and go to Hell.
The name “Judas” is a societal term that speaks of the betrayer. His name in and of itself is a legacy. It is not a term of endearment but of derision.
His legacy was that of a field. The Bible says in Acts chapter sixteen, Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity (30 pieces of silver); and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take (Acts 1:16-21).
Legacy is what we leave behind; it is what endures after we are gone. Of Abel it is said, “He being dead yet speaketh” (Hebrews 11:4). That was his testimony! What others thought of a dead Abel was a living God!
However, Judas’ testimony was in this:
- He was guide to them that took Jesus- a traitor
- He was numbered with the 12- speaks of his faith in the past
- He died a grotesque and anything but “precious” death in the sight of the Lord (Psalm 116:15)
- His traitor’s salary purchased a gravesite for indigent transients
- He gave up his opportunity to serve God which was given to another
First of all, when Judas says, “Don’t give it to Jesus,” POUR IT ON HIM ANYWAY! Second, when Judas leaves the church, STAY ANYWAY.
Thirdly, when Judas gives away the will of God for thirty pieces of silver and kills himself,
Do the Will of God Anyway
After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the eleven are all in one accord in Jerusalem, waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit. Gathered together are 120 souls, including the eleven men, chosen and discipled by Christ, who, after their Shepherd had been smitten and they were scattered abroad, had returned to the Living Christ. They were about to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to go into all the world and preach Christ! They were about to embark on the greatest of all journeys…the will of God!
Notice carefully, Judas is dead and in Hell. He has gone into eternity to forever regret rejecting Christ, but the eleven were still there. Crooked might have been the path….doubtful might have been the destination…backslidden might have been their biography…but Christ brought them back! Hallelujah, Christ loves and cares for His own! He sought them out one-by-one unto Himself to do His will for their lives. Remember His words to Peter, “…feed My sheep”?
In the face of total rejection of Christ you can still do the will of God! In the midst of doubters, deniers, skeptics and the sinister, you can still do the will of God. In a world that is crooked, corrupt and contentious we can still do the will of God!
And, your legacy, you ask? John said, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (I John 2:15-17).
The Bible says, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:10-20). How glad you know the disciples must have been for doing the will of God, for we shall have all of eternity to rejoice for doing the will of God for our lives, despite what others around us decide to do with the Lord Jesus.