I remember when Jamie and I were working on naming our children. We'd go back and forth for the Nine Months, often deciding right before one of our kids were born. But one name that never made the list, JUDAS!! You just don't meet any Judas' in the world today. It's one of those blacklist names that just won't fly.
Everyone knows the story. Jesus, the son of God, twelve disciples, one betrays him in the end, JUDAS!
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 him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. (Matthew 26:14-16)
Although I realize the historicity of this verse centralizes around Judas and his work with the chief priests, and ultimately Jesus, I think the lesson is pretty clear. For sure, I think at this time of the year, it's worth just sitting back and asking, What are you willing to sell Jesus for? What's your price?
Christians are often concerned with Power.
The right to be popular and not embarrassed in front of peers.
"Right" belief (which is often times more about tradition than true understanding.)
What's your price?
Can those of us who follow Jesus commit to the honest message He came to bring?
Can we stay true to being disciples, as we follow to the end of the age?
Or, are we full of compromises reflecting the centrality of a culture that is so different than the one Jesus lived?
I'm committed to trying to figure out the truth of Jesus' message.
I want my life to be about the news He came to give us, mainly; I want to view the world like Jesus viewed the world.
A world where the God of the Universe came to make all things new.
A world where the creator of all things cared enough to interrupt the 'normal' course of sin and death to offer forgiveness through His son.
A world where hope is the central theme, rather than desperation and despair.
I think if we are willing to see Jesus for what He came to do and who He came to be, there wouldn't be enough silver coins in the world for me to trade Him. For, if the creator of the Universe was willing to come and live WITH us, we must live it out, and watch the world spin a different direction.
Are you willing to follow Him? Or, Do you have a Price?