Matthew 26:14–16 (ESV)
Judas to Betray Jesus
one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And
from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
I haven’t watched it in a while, but I used to like watching Jerry Springer because I have
never seen so many people… so messed up. Let me give you some advise. If your wife or the person you are dating are invited to appear on the Jerry Springer show… DON’T DO IT!!!! If you are to be on the show, you
have big problems. Don’t air it out on TV. The one thing I always hear on the show is “What about me!” Well, this is in today’s reading when Judas asks “What will you give me?” In Judas case, it is
kind of like “Show me the money!” Well… Judas sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. I know it makes us mad, but he was a pawn in God’s plan of Salvation. The price was already predetermined because it had already
been prophesized. As found in Zechariah 11:12 (ESV): “12 Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver.”
So get mad if you want, but he is a pawn in carrying out God’s plan of salvation. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Judas agrees to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. How often we, too, have betrayed Christ and sent Him to the cross for
a lot less than 30 pieces of silver. Christ, however, still loves us. He died for Judas’s sin and for ours. Repent of all insincerity, doubt, and fear to bear witness. The Lord is ever ready to hear your prayer and forgive your sin. So great is His mercy!
I pray: Hear my cry, O Lord, and answer when I call. Grant me a sincere faith. Amen.