PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 26:14-16
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.” (Matthew 26:16)
Judas had a money problem: as treasurer he would help himself to the money (John 12:6).
For Judas, this waste of costly perfume is the last straw.
And so Judas exchanges the treasure of God for some pocket change.
Would 30 pieces of silver make Judas more happy than Jesus would?
Judas was so close to Jesus, and yet he did not see the treasure before him.
How many church-goers are the same, more focused on themselves than on Jesus.
Sunday after Sunday they hear about Jesus, even sing songs and contribute money.
With the focus on comfort and blessing, Jesus seems more of a means to an end.
This is a betrayal of Jesus too, a twisting of selfish grace into selfish gain.
What good is it if someone gains the whole world but loses his very self? (Luke 9:25)
Money, sex, power, pleasure, possessions, success, fame…
What ‘bait’ does Satan use in my life to get my eyes off of Jesus?
What am I selling my soul for, what am I betraying Jesus for?
One day we may find ourselves asking with regret, ‘was it really worth it?’
Lord, show me how my selfish desires are hurting me, You and others. Show me the ‘coin’ that I am betraying You for.