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. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Today we experience Judas Iscariot negotiating with the chief priests. Judas agrees that he will hand Jesus over to them. However, he will do this only if they agree to pay him for betraying his teacher and his friend. Thirty pieces of silver was the price they agreed to pay Judas for betraying Jesus. Judas then began to look for the opportunity to hand Jesus over to them.
Judas was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. He walked closely with Jesus during his ministry. Jesus knew that Judas would betray him, yet he still allowed him to be his disciple and his friend. Even after Judas betrayed Jesus, had he repented, he would have been forgiven. Instead Judas’ guilt caused him to take his own life.
Think about your own life? We have all sinned and fallen short -- we are all guilty. Just like Judas, we betray God in our actions, but Jesus never stops loving us, no matter what we do! If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us. Embrace the hope that is found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Call on him, welcome him in, enter into the relationship he longs to have with you.
Merciful Father in heaven, thank you for everything you did so that we can have a chance a salvation. Help us to be faithful to you in all of our thoughts and actions. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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