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Matthew 26:14-16 (02.10.19)

Matthew 26:14-16 NIV
Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests [15] 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. [16] From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Judas! Ever since this day, Judas has been portrayed as the one who betrayed Jesus, reviled and treated with scorn. No way I’m like him… But stop a moment. Before getting carried away in condemning him, note that he was one of the Twelve. One of those closest to Jesus, who walked with him, listened to him, counted him as his friend. He was, if you like, one of us. We may not hand Jesus over to be crucified, that moment is gone, but we all put things where Jesus should be, not thirty pieces of silver, but maybe ambition, or greed, or the love of popularity.

Jesus, forgive us when we stand with Judas. In your mercy, help us to keep you as the centre of our lives.

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