Walking with Jesus during his last week on earth
Holy Wednesday – Judas agrees to betray Jesus
Written by William Mwaura, Chadwell Heath Baptist Church
Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 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 26:14-16 New International Version – NIV)
Judas was greedy and from his greed, stemmed other sins like lying to his master and the other apostles and his lack of concern for others, shown by stealing the funds that Jesus had reserved to help the poor, (John 12:4-6).
The sin of selfishness and pride makes one to only think of their own pleasures and comfort, disregarding the welfare of the neighbour and others. Judas could not keep to the teaching of Jesus of loving Him and obeying His commandments (John 14:15), Judas could not obey or believe in Jesus as the Messiah of an eternal spiritual Kingdom. He was with Jesus for personal profit and pride: his greed and selfishness, living in the fallen world made him blind to Jesus’ teachings. It is bad to steal, it is even worse to steal from the needy and poor. Yet, Judas was conceited and selfish. He gave himself willingly to his greed and passions, even when he was aware that Jesus knew what was inside of his heart, (John 2:24); in reality, Jesus knew what Judas was doing. Thus, Judas was not deceiving Jesus, but Judas was deceiving himself.
Father, please forgive us of greed, selfish ambition, idolatry, conceit and arrogance. Forgive us for loving earthly things and placing them over you. Forgive us for not being good stewards of your blessings. Help us to renounce any gods of materialism. Father, please help us to spend wisely and not excessively. Help us to be better stewards of the resources you have blessed us with. Holy Spirit, please help us to be more disciplined with our lifestyles. Father, help us to learn to be content with what we have instead of always wanting more.