Video 2 of our Holy Week Easter Bundle

Video 2 of our Holy Week Easter Bundle

Scripture: Matthew 26:1-16

When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he told his disciples, “You know that the Passover takes place after two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the courtyard of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas, and they conspired to arrest Jesus in a treacherous way and kill him. “Not during the festival,” they said, “so there won’t be rioting among the people.”

While Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman approached him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume. She poured it on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw it, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This might have been sold for a great deal and given to the poor.”

Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a noble thing for me. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me. By pouring this perfume on my body, she has prepared me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Then one of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they weighed out thirty pieces of silver for him. And from that time he started looking for a good opportunity to betray him.

On Holy Wednesday, we consider Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.

For three years, Judas followed Jesus as His disciple. He studied under Jesus, watched Him perform miracles and saw Him fulfill prophecies as the promised Messiah. 

And yet, in Jesus’ final week, Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Although he had seen Jesus do amazing things, Judas valued possessions more than God Himself.

Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him. Still, Jesus chose the path to the cross and remained faithful to the task assigned to Him, even as Judas — and many others — quickly abandoned Him.

Prayer points:

  • Ask God to reveal moments when you, like Judas, value your possessions more than Jesus.
  • Praise God that when “we are faithless, He remains faithful,” and thank Him for the forgiveness He shows us in Christ (I Timothy 2:13).
  • Pray that God would help us commit wholeheartedly to Him and His mission.

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by N.C. Baptist Communications