The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching. 2 The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction.
3 Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, 4 and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. 5 They were delighted, and they promised to give him money. 6 So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren’t around.
The scriptures don’t say exactly if Judas had any personal motives to betray Jesus, but here we see that it was when Satan entered into him that he went to go make the deal with the leading priests. We also know that he later regretted those actions (Matt. 27:3-4), but he didn’t bring it back to God; only to people who couldn’t give him salvation.
As we progress through this week, each day is getting darker and darker, and in just a couple of days the whole town will turn upside down; but it starts here with one of his closest friends.
Many consider that the hardest part of the week is when Jesus starts to be physically tortured; however, I would suggest that it is here in the secret, personal, and dark places that we betray him where some of the deepest wounds are inflicted. The betrayal of a friend. It is a tendency that is not too different from our own; after all, the Bible says that we were "enemies" of God (Romans 5:10).
Judas’ betrayal was worth 30 pieces of silver; what is the price for yours?
God, how much you consider our failures in your sacrifice. We don't just fail in our morals, but also in our relationship with you. Teach us to know that you don't want to just save our behavior but also our relationship with you. Show us how to come back to you even when we've failed.
Kx. Ntshiab Suav
Senior Pastor of FHAC.