Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus. —Matthew 26:14-16
What do you value the most? Is there a price you would receive to hand over that which you value the most to those offering you the price? If so, if you are willing to hand over that which you value the most for a price, then you did not value it the most! You valued money more!
If we truly understand who Jesus is— the infinite Son of God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, the one gives breath to every living creature and holds all the stars in their place, the holy perfect One— Why would anyone betray Him? It is because they value something else more.
In the verses above the price Judas received for betraying Jesus was just 30 pieces of silver— enough to buy the potter’s field to be made a cemetery for foreigners (Matthew 27:7). Judas understood that he betrayed innocent blood and his guilt drove him to commit suicide by hanging, but botched that and fell to his death (Matthew 27:5; Acts 1:18).
How much do you and I value Jesus? Is there anything or anyone that we value more? Oh, that we would value Him the most and then the other things and people in our lives would be in proper perspective— a perspective according to His desires.
Dear Father, oh that Jesus would be who I value most in life. May this be seen in who I am and by what I do. So be it!