Wednesday the 14th day of Nisan.
Our text for today is Matthew 26:14–16, The day Judas Iscariot made a money deal with the devil. Before we get there I can’t help but to ask why Judas Iscariot was willing to sell the Savior for money. I can picture Judas saying to the chief priests “Show Me The Money!” Where was Paul when we need him? He said “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10.
Why did he sell Jesus for money? It could be that Jesus scolded him and the others not to long ago in Matthew 26:10-13 because that woman poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ body. Judas might have been angry! You see there could have been more money for him to steal. John 12:5-6
What a contrast between that woman’s love for Jesus and Judas’ betrayal.
The Psalmist writes Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41:9. Jesus said “I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’ John 13:18
Back to our text!
Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. 16 From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus. Matthew 26:14–16
I’m afraid I could go off on Judas as being the son of perdition, which he is. John 17:12. But for the sake of length we will stay here in Matthew.
- Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests. I can’t help but to think of all the people that have heard about Jesus yet still have not trusted Him as Savior and Lord. He walk with Jesus, he talked with Jesus and was taught by Jesus. Yet he is guilty of betrayal, because he never really walked with Christ as Lord and Savior. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. 1 John 2:19
- What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you? Show me the money! I think Scripture is clear, the reason he betrayed Christ was greed. Judas started to follow Christ out of a heart of greed and worldly ambition. He saw Christ as a what have you done for me lately king. I can only imagine what he was thinking after the triumphal entry. “My king riding on a donkey!” He was shattered! Money will make me feel better! Let’s not forget, he had help Luke 22:3. When you make a deal with the devil, nothing goes good!
- He began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus. I call it premeditative betrayal! He was planning and plotting a day when he would destroy Jesus along with the religious leaders for 30 pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:12 He made a deal with the devil for the love of money and there was no turning back. Judas was so comfortable at least for now he had the passover meal with Jesus along with the others. But we will find out that opportunity comes very soon!
Judas was so set on doing the evil deed as is heart was full of greed…
“Show me the money!”
Jesus said about that woman with the perfume. “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. Matthew 26:10.
In contrast, that woman who poured the perfume on Jesus was saying…
“Show me my Savior and my God!“
It’s never about the money!
…and that’s a beautiful thing!