The second person we will study in our series is Judas. He will always be remembered as the one wanted to sell Jesus. Matthew 26:14-16 says, “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.”
One of the strongest impulses in American society is the drive to make money. But the desire for money, or covetousness, is condemned in the Bible. Paul wrote, “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:9-10). In Colossians 3:5, covetousness is ranked along with idolatry and fornication.
How many of us would sell the Lord for money? We work and work and work, and for what? A few luxuries in this life that will never go over to the other side with us. Job declared that he came from the womb naked and he shall return to the earth in the same manner (Job 1:21). Jesus said, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15). Will you sell out the Lord in order to make a little more money? What will YOU do with Jesus?