TRUST: in the Messiah or in Money

As I sat here reading and condemning Judas this morning, the Spirit of God conveyed that I am not any better than Judas Iscariot. I had to pump my condemning brakes. Of course, I asked what He meant, God said, “You face and fail the same test as Judas. Will you trust in the Messiah or in Money?” It led me to post will you TRUST: in the Messiah or in Money?  Money being a representative of an idol. Then, I heard all kinds of condemnations about idols leading our lives.

TRUST: in the Messiah or in Money is a choice that we all face daily.  In many cases, we are not even aware of the temporal and eternal consequences. In Mark 14 below, there is a contrast being presented to us between those who TRUST God and those who do not with Judas Iscariot being the betrayer de moment.

Mark 14

Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”

While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

“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. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

TRUST: in the Messiah or in Money – The chief priests and teachers of the law could never be accused of betraying Jesus because they never joined Him. They were opposed to and enemies of Jesus’ from the start. Their idol was not money but themselves or the perceived position and power they had been given by God. As we know, Judas sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver. Judas, like many of us who call Jesus Lord, presented Himself as one who had aligned and allied with Jesus. Despite that, Judas went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. In Mark 10:32-34, Jesus said, “the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.Matthew 17:22-23 records the same thing where it is written “When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” TRUST: in the Messiah or in Money

The word for betray is paradidōmi (pä-rä-dē’-dō-mē) which means to give over or to deliver up treacherously. Judas gave over and delivered Jesus to the chief priests and teachers of the law just as Jesus had prophesied. It is another of example of TRUST: You Can Believe the Prophet. The treacherously refers to the deception that is involved. With God, the true deception is with the deceiver not with God. God is omniscient. Just as Jesus evidenced that He knew Judas would betray Him, He knows what we are going to do too. In Exodus 20:3, God says, “You shall have no other gods before me.” Each time that we choose someone or something over God, we are demonstrating idolatry. We present ourselves as one who is with Christ; yet, our actions reveal that He is not Lord in that decision. TRUST: in the Messiah or in Money

TRUST: in the Messiah or in Money.  It is our choice today – all day. Ask God to help you serve in the spirit of the woman who displayed Open Your Box to Give all You Have. Open your heart today to surrender and follow Jesus. He deserves all that you have because He gave all that He was to rescue us from the wrath of God. For those who reject Jesus as Savior and Lord, God’s wrath remains on youTRUST: in the Messiah or in Money.




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