In retrospect, persons have often question the authenticity of Judas’ call to be among the 12 because he eventually betrayed Jesus, but the fact is he was among them. He was ordained; he was commissioned to cast out demons and Jesus, by His word affirmed that He chose Judas to be among the 12. According to what He said in John 6:70, “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?” Yes, he might have been unwilling to submit to the disciples of Christ, but He was chosen by Christ. He had the same rights; same privileges; same opportunities to be with Christ; to grow with Him as did the 11. Concerning the great honour that these men had, Jesus said, “For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them” (Matthew 13:17). In addition to that, the names of the 12 apostles will be on the foundation of the New Jerusalem.
Inspite of all this, inspite of the wonderful teachings of Christ; His perfect life; His demonstration of power it is unfortunate that when Christ’s enemies sought for someone to betray Christ, Judas was the one who helped them out. He was the one who gave Christ up for 30 pieces of silver. The Bible says, Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.” “Matthew 26:14–15 (KJV 1900)
Now, what’s interesting about Judas’ action is not just that he betrayed Christ, but that when he discovered that Christ did not resist arrest, he changed his mind; and attempted to return the money to the Chief priests. “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,” Matthew 27:3 (KJV 1900). This led me to conclude that Judas really did not expect Christ to allow Himself to be taken. Judas’ intention was to outsmart the leaders; while he pockets 30 pieces of silver. This shows how much he values his relationship with Jesus; this is how he felt he could best benefit from his association with Christ, while maintaining his status as a follower of Christ—by earning some money.
Judas loved money and He thought that the other disciples were foolish for not following his ideas. He was the one who questioned the wisdom of pouring the alabaster box of ointment on Jesus as an act of worship. He was the one who suggested that this could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Because, Judas measured everything by money.
However, in the end, Judas would learn how little money valued, even to the enemies of Christ. For after changing his mind, Judas brought back the silver to the leaders, I guess, with the hope that in giving back the money, they would change their minds about arresting Jesus. However, the leaders would not take the money. They valued Christ more than that. They would not give up Jesus for 30 pieces of silver; yet Judas did.
Judas’ example shows us that Satan doesn’t want our money; he doesn’t want our property; what he wants is our relationship with Jesus. What he wants is for us to give up Jesus. For some of us it may take 30 pieces of silver; for others even less, but what Satan wants in the end, is for us to give up Jesus for the world.
That is why Jesus stated, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26 (KJV 1900). The big question is, how much is Christ worth to you?comments powered by Disqus