Summary: Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. - Matthew 26:14-15 Betrayal is someth ..
Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. - Matthew 26:14-15
Betrayal is something greatly hurtful and at times it is unbelievable that someone will do this thing. Many people have been betrayed and never thought that the person would do such a thing. The greatest case of betrayal came when one of Jesus' Disciples started to desire to put an end to his ministry. Judas always seemed to have a problem, he would be the one involved with holding the money bag during Jesus' ministry and at times he would steal portions from it. This habitual sin led to him loving money always desiring to get more and hid it somewhere. Everything began to revolve around money for Judas he even began to think the unthinkable. Betray God, how could it be? But not only that but betraying the very Son of God, God in the flesh was the though that rolled around in his corrupted mind.
At last he had the idea, I could get more of this money I so love if I betrayed Jesus to the high priest. The sin that started off small ended in a climatic overture of 30 silver coins. Trading life itself for 30 measly pieces of metal. Judas was hooked by the mouth, mammon had his mind, heart and soul and he could not but resist this offer. It is sheer madness that one would come to the place to give up everything for such a small amount but he did it. Our Lord would be handed over, betrayed and hung on a cross. The lamb of God would be beat, whipped, mocked and crucified. It may not be pieces of silver and it may not be the very son of God but the sin of betrayal and seeking gain can be a pit for us to fall into today. May we never come to the place of hurting the Son of God, or his very body which are the people of God. Sins in the body of Christ against each other are sins inflicting wounds to the Son of God.