What Would You Take For Jesus?

It is the most infamous exchange and betrayal in all of human history.

Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:14-16)

The POWER of those thirty pieces of silver.
  1. The power to lead Judas to compromise with godless men (John 11:47-53).
  2. The power to help Judas ignore Christ’s warnings (Matthew 26:20-25).
  3. The power to motivate him to betray innocent blood (Matthew 26:47-56).

The REWARD of those thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 27:3-8).

The DECEITFULNESS of those thirty pieces of silver.

  1. They couldn’t buy back what Judas had sold (Matthew 27:3-4).
  2. They couldn’t silence Judas’ conscience (Matthew 27:5).

You may not be tempted with thirty pieces of silver today, but the deceitful allurement behind those thirty pieces of silver lives on.  Does your faith and allegiance have a price tag?  What would you take for Jesus?

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