Thirty Pieces of Silver

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Thirty pieces of silver.

The price the leading priests and teachers of the Jewish law paid Judas Iscariot to hand Jesus the Messiah over to them to be killed. Money Judas accepted to betray the man he’d lived with and learned from for three years. Coins he tried to return once he understood the impact of what his betrayal actually meant to Christ, and to himself.

Thirty pieces of silver.

We may look at Judas and wonder how anyone who knew Jesus could do such a thing.

Sometimes, I believe, we overlook the times we’ve betrayed Jesus with our sins. I’ve heard that whenever we sin we’re crucifying Christ all over again because it was for our sins he died.

Sobering thought.

Today I would like for us to think about God’s grace in light of the fact we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Through Christ’s sacrifice God justifies the ungodly. (Romans 4:5)

And while we were still sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

We aren’t to take God’s grace lightly by continuing to sin. (Romans 6:1)

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus. (Romans 6:23)

Through Christ’s death and resurrection God graciously redeems those who repent and turn back to him.

God has mercy on those on whom he will have mercy. (Romans 9:18)

Those are some things I’d like us to contemplate as we approach the day we call Good Friday.

On that day, Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins so those of us who claim him as Lord and Savior can be made right with God.

Amazing love.

Is there a special way you reflect on what Jesus did for each of us on Good Friday?

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The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching. The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction. Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted, and they promised to give him money. So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren’t around. Luke 22:1-6 (NLT)

I wish you well.


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