2011-04-16 - Judas
Today, as we approach Easter, we will look at the Judas, the infamous disciple who betrayed Jesus. We first hear of Judas when he is appointed as one of the twelve disciples. (Mark 3:19) As one of the twelve, Judas was given "the authority to drive out evil spirits and heal every disease and sickness." (Matthew 10:1) Judas was included when Jesus sent the twelve out in pairs to preach, drive out demons, and heal the sick. (Mark 6:7-11). Judas became the treasurer of the group, and he handled the finances. What went wrong? Why did Judas betray Jesus?
In Matthew 26:14-16, we read that Judas went to the chief priests and asked how much money he would be given for handing over Jesus to them. After being told that he would earn 30 silver coins, Judas looked for an opportunity to betray Jesus. Was his motivation purely money? Was he seeking power? Did he have a grudge against Jesus? We may not know the answer, but we know that Judas had to make a decision. Whom would he serve?
Today, we are also called to make a decision. Whom will we serve? Joshua, in the Old Testament, asked the Hebrews to decide. Would they serve the gods of their forefathers or the Lord? Joshua said, "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15) Let us follow Joshua's example and not Judas' poor decision. Let us choose to serve our Lord and Savior.