“What will you give me?” These words could be the slogan for sin. Sin is always focused on our gain or our benefit, without any consideration of God or others. It is ridiculously centered on us and how we might get ahead and build our kingdom.
Judas is a painfully familiar character to us all. He is a reminder of our sinfulness. We don’t like to talk about him because we can associate with him all to well at times. At our worst, in our shamelessly sinful plots through some of life’s circumstances, we proclaim the words of Judas, “What will you give me?” It hurts to admit it and even brings denial and shame of our sin, both of which Jesus died to forgive. Nonetheless, we can all associate with this betrayer.
Sin always costs us something and often more than we ever take into consideration. Although Judas knew the teachings of Jesus, he believed the promises of Satan rather than God and thought he would be happier and better off. He was focused on what he would get from others, but not from Jesus.
On this Wednesday of Holy Week, a somewhat quiet day in the events of this week, I encourage you to reflect on what Jesus was willing to give Judas…and what He is willing to give you. But like Judas, we have to believe in faith, that what Jesus gives is always better, if sometimes different than what we expect. Let these reflections build your faith on the source and giver of life. It astonishes me that even in our wants and desires, when we go to the right source (Jesus), he will shape and restore them for His glory and not our own. What has Jesus given you?
As we continue to walk through Holy Week take time to STOP. This different season calls for prayer and worship in different ways but to the same Jesus that died on the cross for you and me over 2,000 years ago.
Holy Week Worship