“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 deliver him over to you?’ So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.” — Matthew 26:14-16
We look at the world around us and try to find the shadows, to avoid them, for fear of what is held inside them. Judas Iscariot was familiar with these shadows. His vices were money, first seen in John 12:6. No one is perfect. All of the disciples had us, and Jesus, shaking our heads at some point(s), but Judas carried out nefarious actions.
Judas decided to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus knew of Judas’ internal struggle with money, and the apostles saw it too. Regardless, he kept his position as “the keeper of the money bag[…].” Maybe the disciples didn’t say anything about moving him to another position to allow him to overcome his demons. Whatever their reasoning was, Jesus knew why he was in the position he was in. He was there to fulfill a prophecy and allow God’s work to be done.
I want us to focus on teaching what we have to learn from Judas and what was carried out because of him. The devil had communicated something to Judas; Judas “made a deal with the devil,” so to speak (John 13:2). The devil planned to take someone (Judas) and ruin someone else (Jesus). He wanted to destroy both… because he’s the devil. A perfectly executed plan couldn’t stop what God already had in motion. What God had in store for Jesus, for endless love for the world, was carried out.
Daily Battle Order:
We are here to be the light of this world. To the parts of the world where there are shadows that only you have access to be around. There will be people who you must disciple to show how to walk in righteousness. We don’t have the omniscience that God has to know when the Judas’ are ready to turn us in, but we are still called to love everyone. Jesus still loved Judas. We are all prone to failure, and we need to know who is volatile around us, but we need to take it with a grain of salt when we have one pulled over on us. The devil may have won a battle, but we won the war. Don’t stop being the light or loving others.