14 Then one of the Twelve—the man called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” So they weighed out 30 pieces of silver for him. 16 And from that time he started looking for a good opportunity to betray Him.
10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to hand Him over to them. 11 And when they heard this, they were glad and promised to give him silver. So he started looking for a good opportunity to betray Him.
3 Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, who was numbered among the Twelve. 4 He went away and discussed with the chief priests and temple police how he could hand Him over to them. 5 They were glad and agreed to give him silver. 6 So he accepted the offer and started looking for a good opportunity to betray Him to them when the crowd was not present.
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Then one of the Twelve—the man called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?”
When I was young one of my favorite books was “The Parent Trap.” The thought of them being able to trick their own parents by pretending to be the twin was hilarious to me. In that same tone, I now enjoy watching two television shows from time to time titled “Secret Millionaire” and “Undercover Boss.” If you’ve never seen them—both include someone pretending to be someone they are not in order to get more information that they use for good. My favorite part of these shows is when the main person comes back and reveals who they are to the others. There is always the shock value. “Oh no—what did I say when he was here? Did I act right?” are some of the thoughts I’m sure that race across their minds.
Sometimes the employee (on Undercover Boss) boss did NOT, in fact, “act right” and there are consequences. But for the most part there is always a happy ending and plenty of surprises. My idea of a great ending!!
The only reason these shows work is that the people being observed do NOT KNOW the person in their midst. Sometimes it is due to a disguise and sometimes it is just because they honestly do not know the person. They haven’t been around them—haven’t been friends with them—haven’t had dinner with them—haven’t had a conversation with them before the show. Of course if they did know the person, they would act right, especially if they knew the outcome.
Jesus did not wear a disguise. In fact he opened his heart and shared everything he could with his friends, his Disciples. He wanted them to understand the outcome—he wanted them to know Him—to really know Him. That is why it is so surprising to find a betrayer in the midst of the disciples. Passers-by—maybe. The Pharisees—for sure. But one of the inner circle?
Judas was with Jesus day and night. He witnessed Jesus showing love to others. He witnessed Jesus performing miracles. He heard Jesus sharing His father’s heart—His heart. He HEARD. Or did he?
We’ve all had the experience of being somewhere—a class; a sermon; even conversation with someone we love and realized that we haven’t HEARD anything that was said. Oh sure, the words came into our ears—but somewhere on the way to the brain, there was a malfunction. We were in a fog and actually have heard nothing that was said.
Did Judas have three years’ worth of fog??! How could he experience life day by day walking WITH Jesus—the Savior—Our LORD—and not know Him? How could Judas see everything he saw and still betray Jesus?
Some say that Judas actually never believed that Jesus was the Messiah that they were all looking for. In fact, in Matthew 26 when Jesus is telling them what is to come, all of the Disciples except Judas call Jesus “Lord” when inquiring if it would be them. Judas calls Jesus “Rabbi”—eacher (Matthew 26:22-25, NKJV).
Perhaps Judas was expecting more from Jesus. Was he expecting a king who would overthrow the current government? Was he expecting more prestige and money? Scripture doesn’t tell us. In fact, we don’t know much about Judas. We do know that Jesus called him to be a disciple. We know that Judas had the same opportunities as the other eleven disciples to get to know Jesus—really know Him. But for whatever reason, Judas did not take the opportunity given him. Instead he kept his heart distanced and therefore “allowed” Satan to enter him and make that fateful decision to betray our Lord. (Luke 22:3)
Whatever the reason, the outcome was still the same. For the Pharisees who were hoping for one outcome, they were certainly surprised. I would have loved to seen their faces when it was revealed that Jesus did not in fact stay dead! Jesus arose from the grave and conquered death! Jesus gave all of us the opportunity for the ultimate prize—salvation and life in Heaven with Him forever. All we have to do is accept it!
The question today is are YOU a Judas? I don’t mean a betrayer. I don’t mean greedy. Are you surrounded by the words of Jesus—the heart of Jesus and not really getting to know Him? Are you sitting in a church pew hearing of Him but not really KNOWING Him? Are you listening to Christian music, watching sermons, and basically being a “good person” but not really opening your heart for the truth to get from your ears to your brain? Are you still calling Jesus “Rabbi” instead of “Savior”? If so, you are no longer betraying Jesus as Judas did—but you are betraying yourself.
- Who do YOU say that Jesus is? Teacher, Rabbi? Best friend? Savior?
- Do you ever find yourself in the fog? Pray for concentration and strength to truly open your ears and your heart. Truly listen to what people are saying to you today. God may be trying to use you to show them Jesus.
- Do you know OF Jesus or do you really KNOW Jesus?
- Read. No, REALLY read John 3:16 today. Read it out loud. Allow what Jesus did for us—what God did for us—to really sink in.