Judas’s greed

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. (John 12:4-6)

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot —went to the chief priests 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. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. (Matthew 26:6-16)

We see a pivotal turning point for Judas seems to be when Jesus rebuked him and when Jesus stood between Judas and Judas’s love for money. After Jesus rebukes Judas we see immediatly in the text to follow: “Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot —went to the chief priests 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. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.”

Judas probably angry about what Jesus said and then from there seeks to have Jesus done in. Judas was one of the twelve and spent a great amount of time with Jesus. The irony was it was not merely the militant religious leaders that hated Jesus on the outside, but one on Jesus’s own that became the worst enemy of Jesus. Jesus posed a threat to Judas’s underlying self out price, money. And in agreement to hand Jesus over to the religious leaders he jumps at the offer of 30 pieces of sliver.

Jesus today still reveals what people are truly in love with and what gods they truly serve. The god of Judas was not Jesus but he showed that money was a greater love for him then his own teacher and Lord he spent 3 years of his life learning from and living his life in close proximity with. When the true test of loyalty came, Judas was faced with, he chose his love for money. Had Jesus ever done Judas wrong? No. Had Jesus not been good to this wicked evil man? Jesus spent three years of his life pouring in to Judas just like the rest of the 11 yet Judas became the trator.

Now we know Judas was doomed as a result and his heart left no room for true repentence after his crime and treachery. If Judas had repented and turned in faith to Jesus he most likely, even he, could receive mercy and forgiveness- we see in Acts many who helped crucify Christ later hear Peter preach and were “cut the the heart” when they finally realized their crime! They believed and added themselves to the growing early church. Yet what was so sad about Judas was he realized eventually his horrible crime but commited suicide from remorse but never had genuine repentence that could save. His remorse was not enough, he ended his life as a result but never sought the mercy or forgiveness of Christ Jesus.

Today many have rejected Christ as well, they let deceitful desires often get in the way of truly receiving forgiveness and cut themselves off from God’s love he would give if they only let go of the idol that keeps them back. Jesus taught about the four soils, the four conditions of a person’s heart- the four outcomes of the sharing of the Gospel. One was the seed sown on the path, where they hear the message but the devil comes and steals the truth from them like birds that come ate up the seed on the path. Then there is the seed sown among thorns that they thorns choke up the seek so that it never grows.

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

(Matthew 13:18-23)

Often fear, desires for earthly things, pride, as well as just flat out unbelief keep people back from trusting Christ for salvation and turning to follow him, the deception of fear, idols and unbelief is blinding. Yet true freedom and fulfillment come through Christ and not living ignorant in our sins.


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