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  • Writer's pictureMorné Lötter

From Betrayal to revival.

Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 silver coins. (Value today between $185-$216)

  1. Judas the disciple

Jesus appointed Judas to be one of His disciples. Jesus foreknew that one of His own will deliver Him to the Sanhedrin the Jewish religious leaders. He knew that this man will be a traitor soon. He still kept him as a disciple even having in mind that this man will cost Him his life someday.

Not much is said in the Bible about the leadership skills of Judas. The Bible speak about him as a traitor And also the son of perdition (John 17:12).

2. Judas the treasurer

I’m reminded about the obsession Judas had with the disciples' money. Judas was the one who carried the wallet for the disciples. He was the treasurer, but Judas was a very stingy treasurer and Jesus wasn’t a stingy Master at all.

What happened in the Holy Week, about the Wednesday, Jesus is anointed by Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus.

“But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, *said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii ($10000-$20000) and given to poor people? ””

‭‭John‬ ‭12:4-5‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬

Also, take note that the Apostle John saw Judas as a thief:

“Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it.”

‭‭John‬ ‭12:6‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬

Judas stole many times of the money in the disciples' money box or money bag. He wasn’t a very trustworthy Treasurer. One of the worst, but Jesus still kept him on. Why. Because Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him soon. He remembers what was prophesied in the days of the Prophet Zechariah:

“I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!” So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”

‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭11:12-13‬ ‭NASB19

3. Judas the sell-out

So Judas ultimately betrayed our Lord Jesus for only a mere 30 silver coins. When the kiss from Judas landed on Jesus, Judas became the most famous traitor in all of human history. But by identifying Jesus to the Jewish authorities, Judas set into motion the series of events that became the foundations of the Christian faith: Jesus’s arrest, his trial, his death by crucifixion, and eventually his resurrection, known collectively as the Passion of Christ.

The arrest in the garden of Gethsemane took place around 2 am in the morning. At about 7 am Jesus appeared before Pontius Pilate, Herod and then was sent back to Pilate probably after 8 am. He did the religious leaders of the time favour to hear them charge an Innocent man. What the religious leaders didn’t realize that they were busy preparing an unblemished Lamb for the sacrifice the high priest Kajafas was supposed to do.

For traitor Judas, Jesus was worth 30 pieces of silver. How much Is Jesus worth to you?

There's absolutely nothing more valuable than Jesus Christ. He gave us the fullness of life.

For Judas Jesus was valued at most $216, but for Mary from Bethany at about $20k. It’s not about money, but it’s about value.

What you value the most will be the most important things.

Jesus endured the pain and suffering so that we may be revived. When Jesus became the Victor over sin and death the greatest revival of all times took place.

The prophecy of Jesus in the deep pit in Kajafas' home: Psalm 88

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