Day 4: conspiracy – Dr. Ray Pritchard, Christianity.com blogs
"& # 39; What do you want to give me when I hand it over to you? & # 39; So they weighed 30 pieces of silver for him" (Matthew 26:15).
Holy Week Wednesday was a quiet day.
But that doesn't mean that nothing happened.
This is day 4 of eight days that have changed the world. The key word today is conspiracy. The church has traditionally called this day "spy Wednesday" as the conspiracy to catch Jesus rushes forward.
When religious leaders see the crowd flock to Jesus, they take their time and look for an opportunity to arrest him. Full of hatred and envy, they have already decided that Jesus must die. But how are you going to do it?
Enter Judas, the most mysterious of all disciples.
As far as we can tell, Judas saw all the miracles that Jesus performed. He was in the boat when Jesus calmed the storm. He saw the Lord turning water into wine. He helped keep the leftovers after Jesus fed the 5000 with five loaves and two fish. He must have been there when Lazarus came out of the grave.
He heard everything.
He saw everything.
He went with Christ every day.
He was one of Jesus' handpicked men.
He knew the Son of God personally.
Make this list as long as you want. Add another fact. Nobody has ever suspected him. Peter never said to John, "Hey, Judas seems a bit dodgy to me." Bartholomew apparently never wondered about his motives. James never knew he was stealing from his wallet. At the last sacrament, when Jesus predicted that someone would betray him, nobody pointed to Judas and said, "He is a traitor."
What happened to him could happen to me. I could do what he did. If I think otherwise, I missed the point of this story. Judas is very like us and we are very like him. He was "in" as any person could ever be, yet he betrayed our Lord.
What would you need to sell the Son of God?
Would you betray him for money?
Would you betray him for a better job?
Would you betray him to keep your job?
Would you betray him to save your own skin?
Would you betray him to save your family?
These search questions are easier to ask than to answer. Don't take them lightly. There is a little Judas in all of us. If we think otherwise, we are more Judas than we know.
My Lord, I pray for a belief that is so real and deep that it cannot be bought or sold at any price. Amen.
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