HOLY WEDNESDAY: JESUS IS BETRAYED

Matthew 26:14-15; “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.”

It is now Wednesday. The Sanhedrin was meeting and deciding how to kill Jesus. It was a secret meeting, but Jesus knew what was happening and His heart was broken. I would how many times this very week, Jesus cried out; if only from His heart. “Abba Father, ABBA FATHER! My heart is breaking.” You see, one of His closest friends, one He loved and ate with, Judas Iscariot, was making his deal. Whether prophecy was being fulfilled or scripture validated, the word of God is seen once again as true. Written hundreds of years before Christ’s birth: Zechariah 11:12;”I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.” Judas did not cause Jesus to be crucified, neither did the crowd or Pilate; it was sin. Do you remember Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 26:39? “Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Jesus did not want to be hurt and killed. Why was He willing to do this? John 15:13; “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
As we see in the Gospel of John; when Jesus went to the home of Lazarus and his two sisters; Mary and Martha, Mary took very expensive perfume and began to anoint Jesus with it. She was immediately chastised for waisting perfume that could have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor. But Jesus corrected them. Mark 14:6-8; “Leave her alone,’ said Jesus. ‘Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you,and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.” Jesus knew He was going to die soon. What a heavy burden to bare, what a beautiful sacrifice to give.
Bill Davis