What Jesus Did! 'Infamy' — Matthew 26:14-16

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Then one of the twelve followers went to talk to the leading priests. This was the follower named Judas Iscariot. Judas said, "I will give you Jesus. What will you pay me for doing this?" The priests gave Judas 30 silver coins. After that time Judas waited for the best time to give Jesus to the priests.
— Matthew 26:14-16 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 26:14-16 NLT — "I will give you Jesus. What will you pay me for doing this?"

Key Thought

It appears that Judas would be remembered too! Wherever the Gospel is told, Judas is also remembered.
Judas is not just famous; he is infamous! How many mothers want their son to be named Judas? How many dads want their son to be known as a sell out? So the antithesis of the woman who anointed Jesus with costly ointment is Judas, who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
While these are the extremes, those of us who follow Jesus are confronted by these two powerful images and asked to choose the way we will live our life: will we live extravagantly for Jesus or will we live seeking to get extravagant gifts from Jesus?

Today's Prayer

Father and Almighty God, I confess that I have sometimes been very selfish in the way that I have looked at you and prayed to you. I've presented you with my wish lists hoping that you would grant the wishes of my heart. But in this powerful collision of lives in the shadow of Jesus' cross, I am convicted of what you have sacrificed for me and the incredible extravagance you showed me in sending Jesus, not to mention that you had him die for my sins! I can never fully thank you, but I want to strive to serve you and love you and honor you with faithful extravagance as long as I live. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 22:3-6
  • John 13:21-30
  • Luke 22:47-48


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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