Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Trading Jesus

Matthew 26:14-15
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, "How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?" And they gave him thirty pieces of silver.

I have been parked here in these verses for a week now. Last Saturday night, at VRC, God had me throw away the message I had prepared, in order to speak on these verses. You see, what we have here is a business transaction going on. A value has been ascribed to a human life (although such a life had never walked the earth before). Looking up what thirty pieces of silver would have been worth back in Jesus' day, I found out that it was roughly the equivalent of $380.00.   The Son of God was only worth $380.00!!

Never in their wildest dreams could the priests ever have imagined that one of Jesus' own disciples would have been their inroad into arresting and killing Jesus. A betrayer from the midst of his very own followers. But here he was. Judas. They did not go to him, he came to the them. Right off the bat, he asked the very question that shows the state of his heart  and life. "How much will you pay me?" But then, they have to come up with a sum that is proper. Too little and Judas walks away. Too much and they feel that they were being taken advantage of. 

Doing some research, I came across a very interesting fact. Thirty pieces of silver was the prices usually paid to dismiss a shepherd from his job. Is that crazy or what? The Son of God....the Good Shepherd......The One who came to save that which was lost, was in an essence, being dismissed from His job. Even with this tidbit of info, I still find it inconceivable to be able to put a price on the head of Jesus.The most nefarious business transaction ever to take place.......or was it?

We (humanity) barter Jesus away ever day.
We trade the eternal promises and presence of God away every day for the baubles and trinkets that the world has to offer.  We trade the eternal promises of God away for a temporary fix and relief in our life.
"Accept this Jesus as a Savior? Not while I can party and live it up."

We trade Jesus for a bottle of whiskey.
We barter Jesus for prescription pain med's.

We give the eternal truth and presence of Jesus away for a sexual encounter.
Giving no thought as to what we have done, or what price we will pay at the end of our life.

What have you traded Jesus for?
God on you....

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