Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 25, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 25, 2011
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here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot,
went to the chief priests and said, 'What will you
give me if I betray Jesus to you?' They paid him
thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment Judas
began to look for an opportunity to betray Jesus."
Cynics will insist everyone has a price and loyalty
can be bought. For Judas Iscariot, thirty silver
coins represented approximately four months' wages.
Why would he betray Jesus? After three years of
being with this remarkable teacher, healer, and
miracle worker, what prompted him to sell out to
the religious authorities? Was it greed? Or is
there more to this story? Did the anonymous woman
who so lovingly anointed Jesus influence his decision?
The other gospel accounts do not tell us the motives
of Judas Iscariot (Mark 14:10, 11; Luke 22:3-6). They
do tell us that the hostile religious leaders were
"delighted" with his decision to betray Jesus into
their hands (Mark 14: 11 NIV).
Luke and John specifically mention that "Satan entered
Judas." This expression is found twice, first in Luke
22:3 and later during the description of the Last
Supper in John 13:27. One commentary notes that Judas
never had a high motive of service or commitment to
Jesus. Hendriksen, William. "New Testament Commentary:
The Gospel of Matthew," pp. 902-903) Judas had even
stolen money that had been given to support Jesus and
the other disciples in ministry (John 12:6). From the
very beginning of his experience with Jesus, he
compromised his ethics and integrity for personal
gain and ambition.
Judas Iscariot began watching for an opportunity to
betray his master, friend, mentor, and rabbi. Judas
was receptive to evil influence in his life, and
Satan is a great opportunist and strategist.
Judas Iscariot had the soul of a traitor. He was a
hypocrite and a sneak. His story continues to enlighten
people, for the Christian church has always had some
disciples who merely pretend to serve Christ out of
loving devotion. Jesus is useful to them as they
seek to further their careers, special agendas, and
personal fortunes. But nothing is more demoralizing
than being betrayed by someone you love. It is
frighteningly easy to become like Judas Iscariot.
Hypocrisy can take many forms and the spiritual
profile of Judas serves as warning.
Do our lives model the life of Judas Iscariot?
Do we share his lack of commitment and self-serving
motive to serve Jesus? Have we ever compromised
and taken what is not ours? Do we live with
integrity? What are our ethics? Have we, like
Judas Iscariot, intimately known Jesus, been
involved in ministry, and been in spiritual
leadership? What is our price to compromise the
Gospel of Jesus Christ?
God, help us humbly learn from the mistakes of
Judas Iscariot. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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