Matthew 26:14-16 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
When we pursue our own glory it is amazing what we will give up for so little. When we become the center of our lives all of our perception is skewed. We don’t see or value things as they should be seen or valued; because nothing matters in and of itself. Everything matters only so much as it matters/improves us.
To Judas, his wealth was more valuable than his teacher. But he could not see the true value of Jesus because he could not get past himself. And so the Savior of the world was betrayed for a handful of coins.
You’re not getting this. How do I know? Because you’re not jumping out of your seat, pulling your hair out, and screaming “COINS!” He traded a man for a few pieces of metal. He traded salvation for fleeting security. He gave God up for gold. It’s sick and stupid and heartbreaking. So why do we act like Judas?
If Judas is so despised why do we not learn from his lesson? People trade their families for affairs, their careers for a quick buck, and their loved ones for their own ego.
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. Matthew 27:3-5
When you betray, you will decay. Simple. If you live benefiting by the downfall of others your life is already decaying, held together by strands of lies which will break. You will fail, you will be found out and you will face consequences. The decay might be physical, mental, financial; but first it will be spiritual. Your relationship with Christ, or lack thereof, will suffer at the cost of your actions if repentance is not sought out.
Once you realize what’s really important in life, everything else just kind of dulls in comparison. Judas eventually threw the money back. What do you need to throw back? How much decay will have to take place before you understand the truth? It doesn’t matter if you are “one of the twelve” in the eyes of men, we are all susceptible; and we are all on the path to death if Jesus is not our guide and our treasure.