“Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said to them, “What will you give me if I hand Him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. From that moment he searched for an opportunity to betray Him.” Matthew 26:14-16 MEV
After meditating on these verses, it’s so easy to get the regular thoughts about Judas Iscariot: “Judas was a traitor”, “What a loser!”, “I HATE insincere, lying and snakish people like Judas!” or “How could he be with Jesus for 3 years and still betray Him? I couldn’t/wouldn’t do that!”.
But what came to my mind was this question: Seriously, WHY did Judas, after being with Jesus for 3 years, seeing all the miracles and listening to all the teachings, still end up betraying Jesus?
Then after much thought, it dawned upon me, Judas Iscariot was never ever really interested in understanding and knowing Jesus for salvation, even though he was with him more or less everyday for 3 years. His main priority was always his interest in MONEY.
The bible doesn’t give us an account, but i’m sure somewhere in Judas’ life, he fell in love with money and it became his IDOL. The authority, benefits and pleasures it brings to a person in this world, brainwashed him so much that it convinced him, it was the most important thing ever. So much so that he was in the presence of the creator of everything (including currency), for 3 years and he still didn’t use his mind to seek to know, understand and realize how much more profitable it is to have salvation – a true relationship with Jesus.
As the verses tells us, he sought out the chief priests, not the other way round. WHY? because as humans, we seek out the things we value the most. This suggest to me that his purpose of being with Jesus for all those years were not for the right reasons.
He was with Jesus for 3 years and still after all he saw, his IDOL, which was money, when it was offered to him, he chose over Jesus(salvation); how foolish.
The questions is: How many people are doing EXACTLY what Judas did all those years ago, today?
They have been going to church for years, but they still haven’t made a sincere effort to seek to know, understand and realize how important it is to have a true relationship with the creator of all things?
Instead their heart and mind’s priority is on their IDOL, whatever it may be. And because they are distracted, salvation is right in their face, the opportunity to be saved in presented to them weekly, daily in fact but they can’t see its value. The truth is, they don’t want to see it, they only care about their IDOL.They are committing spiritual suicide.
Dear reader, be honest with yourself, are you committing spiritual suicide? Will you end up like Judas?
THINK ABOUT IT
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