To those of you who have ears (or eyes in this case),
Judas was an interesting man, seemingly always having something else on his mind, rather than prizing our Lord. There the Word goes again, reminding me of what Jesus saved me from, yet I still relive some of those moments. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.(Matthew 26:41)
Thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14), Judas betrayed Jesus for. Thirty pieces! That is the price someone had to pay the master of a slave that was killed by the someone’s bull. Thirty pieces of silver was what a slave was valued at. Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver. In exchange for us, He paid with the price of His precious blood. Thirty pieces of silver for the Creator God who became sin for us, so that we could be redeemed with His sinless blood, so that we might have life because of His death and resurrection. Jesus stated that He did not come to be served but that He would serve and give His life as a ransom for many. To get into the position to do that He had to take the form of a servant, and it is interesting to see that He was sold for a servant’s price.
And Jesus simply wants us to offer ourselves back to Him, as living sacrifices, nothing to offer, but empty vessels for the fullness of God to dwell within. We do not pay anything for Him, yet He gives Himself to us for all eternity. A Servant that came to serve and die, and continues to serve to this very day. Even now Jesus is preparing a place for us. Still serving even now. We read in Colossians 1:13-17 about this Servant.
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
This is the One sold for thirty pieces of silver.
How do you feel now? How often do you feel that you deserve more, that you have not received what you are worth, that no one values you? It is enough to silence me!