A Traitor, a Sackful of Silver, and Me

(Today's post by Keith Senator)

Matthew 27:1-14

Meet Judas, a trusted friend of Jesus Christ. A man who Christ connected with deeply. A man who helped make up the twelve disciples. Let’s look at Matthew 27 really quick.

Judas Hangs Himself

27 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. 2 So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”

“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. 8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”[a]

Jesus Before Pilate

11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself, what would you do in this situation? I know, people typically would not put themselves in the place of Judas. How about Adam and Eve? Would you consider yourself similar to a person who could commit the original sin?

I think it is a crazy thought. But I also think I could be like any of these people. In fact, I make these decisions every day. I pull Christ off the throne of my life daily and put my feeble brain in charge instead. Then I fall flat on my face. The odd thing here is that Christ was handed over, and because of this, was then crucified, bore the sins of all of mankind, and died.

The essential difference between Adam and Eve and Judas? I would argue, time. Time is really all that separates them. The real question here is not whether we are the same or different than these ancient examples? I say that Christ himself changed all of this. Because he took our place on the cross, he alone represents the difference between us and them.

In my opinion man is flawed. So his intent will always be to find a way to try and do it without God. We secretly seek independence from our creator. We fail. Christ made it possible for us to reconnect in a very real way with God. He made it possible. He bridged the gap.

If left to our own devices, we would fail again. If you were left with the fate of the world, you would also fail. But in Christ, we succeed.

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