Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Savior Seller
Mar 14:10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
Thirty pieces of silver! That's all it took to betray his teacher, leader and employer. Three and a half years of being an eye witness to God on earth doing good and working miracles have been reduced to selling Jesus out for a mere $12,000 to $15,000.
That took a lot of gall, considering that Jesus healed Judas' own dad, Simon the Pharisee, of leprosy!
And all the man could do was gripe and belly ache about the bank account and the use of the funds, all the while, embezzling the funds for himself.
Judas had a crack at eternal glory, a throne around the throne of Jesus. All his comrades have had thousands of churches, hospitals, etc name after them. But you have never heard of a St. Judas Chapel, have you?
Judas was tunnel visioned beyond belief. He cared about two things only, insurrection and getting rich. Talk about short-sighted!
However, I think of how we, the followers of Christ 2000 years later, sell out the Lord for a lot less than what Judas held out for. A few moments of pleasure, a bit of notoriety, a bump in position, an opportunity to sleep in.
Peter wimped out and denied the Lord with an oath because a cutie accused him of being one of the apostolic band. Thank the Lord that he got past that and grew to be the man that would bravely face the death of an inverted cross.
In fact, at the arrest of the Lord, all the other disciples fled into the darkness adjacent to Gethsemane like cockroaches into the word work. They feared that they might be next. But they all got over it and turned the world up-side-down.
No doubt, you can think of the last time you sold the Lord out for a mere mess of pottage. Confess that betrayal, get back up and do something great for Christ.