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Summary: Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver; the price of a slave. This message examines Judas’ motivations and causes us to ask, "What am I selling Jesus out for?"

What’s Your Price?

Matthew 26:14-16 (NLT)

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests [15] and asked, "How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?" And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. [16] From that time on, Judas began looking for the right time and place to betray Jesus.

Personally Chosen

•Judas was personally chosen by Jesus

Matthew 10:1-4

Matthew 10:1-4 (NLT)

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness. [2] Here are the names of the twelve apostles:

first Simon (also called Peter),

then Andrew (Peter’s brother),

James (son of Zebedee),

John (James’s brother),

[3] Philip,

Bartholomew,

Thomas,

Matthew (the tax collector),

James (son of Alphaeus),

Thaddaeus,

[4] Simon (the Zealot),

Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

Personally Chosen

•Judas was personally chosen by Jesus

Matthew 10:1-4

•Judas had been sent out under the authority of

Jesus

•Judas would interact with Jesus on a close

personal basis

•Jesus demonstrates His love, even to those who

have unpure motives

The Heart is Exposed

•Judas’ actions revealed the true condition of

his heart

John 12:3-6

John 12:3-6 (NLT)

Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with fragrance.

But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples—the one who would betray him—said, [5] "That perfume was worth a small fortune. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor." [6] Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief who was in charge of the disciples’ funds, and he often took some for his own use.

[7] Jesus replied, "Leave her alone. She did it in preparation for my burial.

The Heart is Exposed

•Judas’ actions revealed the true condition of

his heart

John 12:3-6

•Jesus had known Judas’ heart all along

John 6:64

John 6:64 (NLT)

But some of you don’t believe me." (For Jesus knew from the beginning who didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.)

The Heart is Exposed

•Judas’ actions revealed the true condition of

his heart

John 12:3-6

• Full of selfish ambition

•Jesus had known Judas’ heart all along

John 6:64

•Jesus does not force his will upon us

An Open Door

•Judas surrendered himself to his sinful

thoughts and desires

• When we continue to live unrepentant lives we

give Satan a foothold in our lives

John 13:21, 26-27

John 13:21, 26-27

Now Jesus was in great anguish of spirit, and he exclaimed, "The truth is, one of you will betray me!"

Jesus said, "It is the one to whom I give the bread dipped in the sauce." And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot. [27] As soon as Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, "Hurry. Do it now."

An Open Door

•Judas surrendered himself to his sinful

thoughts and desires

• When we continue to live unrepentant lives we

give Satan a foothold in our lives

John 13:21, 26-27

• Boundaries are easily crossed

• Principles are easily compromised

The Bargain Price of Your Soul

•Judas agreed to sell Jesus for 30 pieces of

silver

Matthew 26:14-16

Matthew 26:14-16 (NLT)

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests [15] and asked, "How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?" And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. [16] From that time on, Judas began looking for the right time and place to betray Jesus.

The Bargain Price of Your Soul

•Judas agreed to sell Jesus for 30 pieces of

silver

Matthew 26:14-16

• The price for a slave

Exodus 21:32

Exodus 21:32 (NLT)

But if the bull gores a slave, either male or female, the slave’s owner is to be given thirty silver coins in payment, and the bull must be stoned.

The Bargain Price of Your Soul

•Judas agreed to sell Jesus for 30 pieces of

silver

Matthew 26:14-16

• The price for a slave

Exodus 21:32

•We are often willing to sell out our

relationship with Jesus for a bargain basement

price

• Television

• Money and Possessions

• Good times

• Busyness

What is your price?

Leading A Double Life

•Judas greeted Jesus in the garden with a kiss

Matthew 26:48-49

Matthew 26:48-49 (NLT)

Judas had given them a prearranged signal: "You will know which one to arrest when I go over and give him the kiss of greeting." [49] So Judas came straight to Jesus. "Greetings, Teacher!" he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.

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