Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:14-16 & Exodus 21:32
· Who is the main character in this passage?
· To what group did he belong?
· What did Judas ask the chief priests?
· What was Judas paid to betray Jesus?
· In Exodus 21:32, for what offense was a person of thirty pieces of silver?
Judas Iscariot. I don’t know about you, but every time I see his name, I feel anger. How could he betray Jesus like that? After all, he wasn’t just anyone; he was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples! He witnessed the miracles, he heard the teaching, and he knew the man! How could he do that?
And for only 30 pieces of silver. The same amount that someone would pay in Exodus if their ox killed a slave.
Does anyone else see the correlation? Christ Jesus came to free us from slavery to sin through His death on the cross, and to get to the cross He was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.
Honestly, it makes me very indignant to think about what Judas did.
But as I meditate on this passage, I can’t help but wonder what I’ve sold Jesus out for in the past? What has caused me to be silent instead of boldly proclaiming the gospel message? What has prevented me from full-heartedly chasing after Him because it was shinier or just the easier route? What has caused me to doubt His goodness and faithfulness because I didn’t like the answer He gave me?
If we were in Judas’ position, would we have made a different choice?
Thankfully we won’t find ourselves in the same position as Judas. But we make choices every day that test our loyalty to Christ Jesus. Sweet friend, I urge you to take a few minutes to sit before the Lord and ask Him, “How have I betrayed you, Jesus? What can I do to prevent that from happening again?”
None of us want to think we are like Judas in any way. But the truth is, our flesh tempts us to choose things over Jesus. And, anytime we give in to that temptation, we are betraying Him. Let’s commit our loyalty to Him today and resolve to never again be a Judas!