It’s now Wednesday of Passion Week and the events that would lead to Jesus’ death on the cross are now coming together. The Jewish religious leaders are growing increasingly anxious, not to mention angry, about Jesus’ teaching and popularity with the people. As far as they were concerned something had to be done and quickly, but what? Every time they tried to trip Jesus up with a question or discussion, and try to get Him in trouble with either the people or the Roman government, He left them speechless with His answers. They knew now that would never work. “What can we do?” “How can we catch Him away from the people?”
And then something happened that they probably didn’t see coming and could only have dreamed would happen; one of His own disciples came to them.
“Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?’ And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.” (Matthew 26:14-16)
In some sense it seems hard for us to imagine that someone could have walked with Jesus for more than three years and listened to His teachings, seen His miracles, experienced His love, and then betray Him for a few earthly trinkets. “What a monster Judas was! What a wicked, evil, despicable person Judas was! I would never do anything like that!”
Really? The truth is my sin put Jesus on the cross. Judas may have been Satan’s pawn who willingly participated in the betrayal that lead to Jesus’ death on the cross, but each of us should never forget that none of us are innocent in this crime committed against the sinless Son of God.
The amazing thing is Jesus knew He was going to have to go to that cross because of our sin, and He chose to love us anyway. He chose to keep that appointment with the cross for our sake. One of the greatest truths that exist, and perhaps one of the hardest to wrap our minds around, is that God would rather die than live without us. “Amazing love, how can it be?”
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