by Larry Burkett
1 Samuel 8, 9, 10
"When Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver. . . . And he went away and hanged himself" (Matthew 27:3).
When we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, we should turn our thoughts to the one who betrayed Him.
How much is your faith worth? I'm convinced that Judas, who sold out the Lord, didn't realize what the outcome would be. Judas was the one Christ had assigned the responsibility of managing all the finances for the disciples. It wasn't that Judas didn't hear the Lord's message-I believe that he even loved Him-he obviously loved money more than he loved Jesus.
When he was approached by the Jews and offered money to betray Jesus, the first thing he should have done was to refuse them and tell the disciples, but he listened to them-much like Eve listened to the serpent in the Garden of Eden. He heard a tempting proposition and was trapped by his own weaknesses.
Judas sold out the Lord for what might have been as little as maybe five weeks of wages-not much when you consider what happened. I really don't know if Judas thought they would kill Jesus or what he would have done if he had known.
What is your faith worth today? Would you sell out the Savior for money? Do you ever sell out your faith to save a little on your income tax? Would you sell it out for the time or things you steal from your employer?
Don't be too critical of Judas until you examine your own life in the light of God's Word. Ask the Lord to help you with a bit of self-examination.
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