Matthew 26: 14-16
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 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. 16 From then on, Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Judas was one of the 12 disciples, a follower of Jesus. He had traveled with Jesus, eaten with Jesus, even slept with Jesus. They were friends. But Judas was disappointed in Jesus. He had expected the Son of God to overthrow the government, but Jesus turned out to be a man of peace. Some also think that Judas was simply looking for a sure way to make some money. His question is disturbing: “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?”
At one point or another, we may all ask ourselves that question, or something like it. Who or what would you betray if the price was right?
It’s painful to think about a trusted friend giving up Jesus so easily and willingly to the very people who would, in the end, crucify him. All for 30 pieces of silver.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help us to remain faithful to you, just as you are to us. Give us the courage to stand with you, rather than betray you. Amen.