Holy Thursday (Part One): Silver Coins

In a little while, we will reflect upon the events of that evening before the arrest of Jesus, but we will begin with one Christ-follower who became disillusioned with his master.

“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 Jesus over to you?’ So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver” (Matt. 26:14-15).

It’s hard to imagine that one who had walked with Jesus and experienced his love and power, would for such a little price reject and betray the Son of God. Why would he do such a thing? Because Jesus didn’t meet his expectations; and the intentions and demands of Christ did not line up with his desires. And so for a temporary sum, he walked away from an eternal gift.

As we prepare our hearts for this Easter season, the decision of Judas confronts us with the reality of our own nature: What do we do with our disappointments and unmet expectations regarding Jesus? What do we do when His intentions and demands run contrary to our wants and wishes, or even with what culture dictates? For what price will we walk away from the eternal to embrace the temporary?

As you journey today, take a moment and reflect on these things. Reaffirm your commitment to Him and allow His Spirit to strengthen and encourage you as you align your life with His.