Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted, and they promised to give him money. So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren’t around. —Luke 22:3-6

Judas strategized with the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard on what would be the best way to betray Jesus— the best way to hand Jesus over to them so they could have Him executed. This was satanically motivated. Satan manipulated of Judas to destroy the King of kings and Lord of lords. The Creator and Sustainer of all things, marvel of marvels, would be handed over to death for “thirty pieces of silver” (Matthew 26:14). The One who owns all of creation was given over to be killed for the price of a dead slave (Exodus 21:32). This was one of the greatest sorrowful and grievous moments of decision in all history. How deep the sadness…

Judas had such a low value of Jesus. After being with Him for about three years and seeing the innocence of Jesus, the work of Jesus and hearing the Words of Jesus and still Judas was willing to throw eternal glory away for an eternal hell and all for a few coins.

But I wonder, how much do you and I value Jesus? How is that seen in our lives? Would others say we truly love him, honor him and live for Him? Surely we would not be like a Judas, would we? We wouldn’t just be going along with the believers while all the while never truly putting our faith in Jesus… would we? Oh, may it never be! May we truly value Jesus above all else. May it be so!

Dear Father, may I truly love the Lord Jesus with all my whole being. Oh, that He would be the top priority in my life. May it be so!

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