Reflections On “A Ransom For Many” — 12
As discussed in the previous article, we can sell Jesus out for things in our lives, whether money or achievements or similar worldly possessions. At points in our lives, we might be put in the situation where we have to decide what is more important: our relationship with God or our relationship with the world and/or worldly possessions. It is vital that we make the right decision.
Judas sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver (Mark 14:10-11). This is prophesied in Zechariah 11, and there are discussions on whether Judas was trying to start something or truly the thief as he is portrayed in popular Christian culture. Regardless, 30 pieces of silver was a month's wage and that was the worth assigned to Jesus by the priests and by Judas. On the flip side, Mary washed Jesus' feet with a year's expense in perfume (Mark 14:3-9).
It doesn't matter how much time we spend with Jesus. It matters how important he is to us. They say familiarity breeds contempt but are you actually that familiar with the people around you, much less God? I believe that being familiar with someone simply means being familiar enough without putting in effort to know them better. If you've ever been in a situation where you found out something you never knew about a family member or close friend, you'll know that familiarity is not the same as knowing someone fully.
In good times we may have the confidence that we will not forsake Jesus, but as mentioned in the previous article, there is a good chance we may. In any case, when we are faced with pressure on being a Christian, our response is important. If we are not rooted in God, we can easily take the option Peter took and forsake our Lord (Mark 14:66-72). That was a betrayal worse than anything else.
We are to be watchful not only against the enemy but against the depth of our walk with God. Should it not be centred and deep rooted we run the very real risk of succumbing to external forces that pry at the systems sustaining our spiritual life.
Despite all of this, Peter decided to repent while Judas decided to flee from his mistakes. Peter's sin was honestly bigger because of the degree of betrayal that meant in the context of Jewish society. Yet Jesus was not hesitant in forgiveness. Peter did not have to do anything to earn that forgiveness. Jesus simply said so and it was so. Despite all that had happened, God doesn't hold grudges. If we will repent He will forgive. That applies as long as we are willing to face up to what we've done.
Daniel is currently and forevermore will be a student and a learner, trying to delve into the deep conundrums of life and seeing where the path leads. He enjoys linking different things in life back to God through strange and seemingly random connections.