Sunday 7 October, 2018

Matthew 26:14-16

14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Through history much has been said about these few verses. 30 pieces of silver wasn’t a huge amount only about 5 weeks wages, Zechariah 11:12-14 tells us it was a wage for a shepherd, Ex 21:32 tells us it’s the price for a slave/servant who was killed. Jesus was both. Will we ever know what motivated Judas to this betrayal?

This passage has made me think about actions I’ve done that seemed good at the time but did not end well. I’m not sure how far removed I am from Judas. I’m certainly not immune from making wrong choices. Regardless of the actions of Judas, Jesus understood that his death would pay the price for all our wrong choices before God, forgiveness and right relationship to be available for all.

Lord Jesus thank you, You love each of us that much.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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