February 11, 2018       Evil Among us

Luke 22:14-23 “14 Then at the proper time Jesus and the twelve apostles sat down together at the table. 15 Jesus said, “I have looked forward to this hour with deep longing, anxious to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins.  16 For I tell you now that I won’t eat it again until it comes to fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.”  17 Then he took a cup of wine, and when he had given thanks for it, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves.  18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”  19 Then he took a loaf of bread; and when he had thanked God for it, he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you — an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.                 21 “But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me.  22 For I, the Son of Man, must die since it is part of God’s plan. But how terrible it will be for my betrayer!”  23 Then the disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing.”    NLT

  1. Supper, Gods Way is:
    1. Supper at the Proper Time
    2. A Supper in the proper way
    3. The Passover was among the highest religious observances of the day
    4. A Meal with a message
      1. This is Christs last Passover celebration
    5. Remember that He gave His Blood and His Body for us
  2. This was a big deal meal….(like our thanksgiving)
  3. Now, just like a redneck Thanksgiving…
    1. Luke 22:3-4 “Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went over to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them” NLT
    2. Not everyone at the table is a friend
      1. There are fakers and fiends
      2. There are those ALREADY betraying you
      3. There are those that would throw you under the bus for just a little reward
        1. DO NOT BE ONE OF THESE!
  1. Judas served a purpose in his rebellion
    1. Evil and sinners may think they are doing their will, but God reigns and rules
    2. What evil means for evil, God can use for Good
      1. Genesis 50:19-20 “But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, to judge and punish you? As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil.” NLT
    3. Judas’ betrayal led to the death of Jesus, which was God’s plan for the forgiveness of our sins.
      1. We are guilty
      2. A sentence of death was administered
      3. Jesus paid that price
  1. NEVER forget that EVIL is out there stealing, Killing and Destroying
    1. Just like we saw this week in Florida
    2. Just as we have seen numerous times over the life of our country
    3. What can we do?
      1. Understand evil WILL ATTACK
      2. Understand EVIL will come from people and directions we WILL NOT expect!
        1. Judas was one of Jesus’ “INNER CIRCLE”
          1. One of “The Twelve”
          2. Everyone ASSUMED He was a believer
        2. Don’t blame the inanimate OR the innocent
          1. Hold those committing evil ACCOUNTABLE
          2. Remembering that we do not FIGHT against flesh and blood
        3. Ephesians 6:10-12 “A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.” NLT
        4. Christian, the tools of your battle are SPIRITUAL
          1. Truth
          2. God’s righteousness
          3. Peace
          4. The Gospel of Jesus Christ
          5. Faith
          6. Salvation
          7. The Word of God
          8. Prayer
    1. Jesus knew exactly what was going on around Him
      1. The disciples did not and resorted to blaming and attacking one another
      2. The disciples began to ask each other which one of them was the betrayer.
        1. So HUMAN
        2. “is it you?” “is it you”  “I bet it is”
      3. Even Judas participated in this INQUISITION
      4. There was one betrayer and he knew exactly who he was
        1. And he hid his purpose
        2. He hid is intentions
        3. He hid his heart.
        4. He betrayed Jesus for money
      5. Maybe there is someone in here today who:
        1. Looks like a Christian
        2. Acts like a Christian
        3. But way down deep, in those regions we don’t like to delve into, KNOWS they are not a Christian.
        4. They are lying to us and to themselves.
        5. Maybe evil has already entered in among us
    1. Never give in, give out or give up
      1. Use the SPIRITUAL ARMOR God gave you
    2. BEFORE: Report any suspicious activity
  • Get yourself and others to safety
    1. Exit, run, get away
    2. Hide if necessary
      1. Hard Cover
      2. Concealment
      3. Fight if needed
        1. Use the weapons at hand
        2. Ones you brought VERSES ones you find
      4. Call 9-1-1
      5. When Law Enforcement arrives
        2. Wait for their instructions
          1. They are looking for (HUNTING) a DANGER
  • Pray and PROTECT
  1. When Safe
    1. Praise God
    2. Provide Comfort and Minister to others
    3. OBEY the commands of law enforcement
  2. Check YOURSELF…before you wreck yourself
    1. No one else to blame
    2. You will be held accountable for your decisions and actions
  3. Matthew 7:13 – 14You can enter God’s Kingdom only
  4. through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” HAVE YOU!
  5. Matthew 7:21 – “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.  On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’” DOES JESUS KNOW YOU?
  1. Today is the day to stop living the lie and turn to Jesus and BELIEVE!