A haunting Bible story is the account of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. “Then one of the twelve, the one called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me to hand Jesus over to you?” So, they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on, Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. “(Matt. 26:14-16)
Of interest is the fact that the Bible writer, writing some thirty or forty years after this event, calls Judas one of the twelve. This betrayal must have been an embarrassing thing to the early church. However, they refused to hide their shame and laid it out for the world to know.
Clearly Judas’ double cross of Jesus was his personal choice. He could not blame the other disciples. Nor could he shift the responsibility for his sin to the Jewish leaders. Judas made a personal choice. He committed himself to that way of life and tragically reaped the result of his act.
Another truth is that Judas refused Jesus as he was. Instead, Judas tried to make Jesus do what he wanted. Jesus does not change to our way of life but rather we must change and be like Him. Since Judas could not get Jesus to do what he wanted, he decided to use Jesus to get something for himself. Therefore, he sold him for “thirty silver coins.”
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