Wednesday, May 9, 2012

How Much Did They Pay You?

How Much Did They Pay You?

Matthew 26:15

What are you willing to give me if I hand ‘Jesus’ over to you? So they counted out thirty silver coins.

It’s a crazy question but I’m going to ask it anyway, “How much would you seek out Jesus for?” How much would it take for you to lay down your relationship with Jesus? They say that everybody has a price. What’s yours? In our right minds we would say, ‘There is no price that anybody could pay me to sell Jesus out,’ but yet many people sell him out for less than Judas got. We sell Jesus out for a few minutes of pleasure. We sell Jesus out for a career opportunity. We sell Jesus out to keep a relationship. We sell Jesus out for the sake of being politically correct. How much did they pay you to let him go?

The Chief Priests wanted Jesus dead but they had a hard time getting past all the people who believed in him so they went in to someone close to him. Sometimes the most vulnerable people are the ones closest to Jesus. The enemy knows that if he can find your price, you just might betray him. Judas had a weakness for money and the chief priests exploited that weakness by offering Judas 30 pieces of silver to turn Jesus over. 30 pieces of silver was the price someone had to pay if a slave was accidently gored by an ox. Judas sold the Savior of the World for the price of a slave. I don’t think Judas thought they would kill him, he just wanted to hand him over but in handing him over he participated in his crucifixion. This thought was so unbearable that Judas went out and hanged himself.

Betraying Jesus, even for a little while puts our own lives in jeopardy. How do we avoid selling Jesus out?

  1. You have to know your areas of weakness. The devil is always looking for an entry point through your weakness to get you to turn against Jesus. Strengthen the weak areas in the walls of your defense.
     2. Don’t accept anything that would betray Jesus. If what you are getting ready to do would hurt
         Jesus in anyway don’t even consider it.

     3. Take advantage of your way of escape. Jesus told Judas to his face that he would betray him.
         He said, “friend whatever you are going to do, do it quickly.” That was a way out for Judas.
         God will always provide a way of escape but you have to take it.

     4. Give them their money back but don’t kill yourself. If you discover that you have betrayed
         Jesus in anyway, repent of your actions but don’t make permanent decisions over something
         that can be fixed.

Dear God,

You are worth more to me than anything. I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold. Fleeting pleasures are not worth my salvation. I will not sell out, give out, or put out. I’m holding on and I won't let go of your hand.

In Jesus Name,


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