4 And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.5 They were delighted and agreed to give him money. (Luke 22:4-5)
“What is your price?” JD Greer a pastor in North Carolina challenges us as Christians to think about this statement. As we look towards Easter Sunday this week, we are reminded of the disciples who ministered, preached, and stood by Jesus throughout his earthly ministry. They witnessed his love, power, and character day in and day out. Yet, they were so quick to desert him when their own lives and reputations were at stake. What is your price?
Judas gave up Jesus for money before Jesus was put to death on the cross. Peter denied Jesus out of fear. These disciples represent US as Christians. “Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.” (Luke 22:60-62)
You see, we all are guilty of denying Jesus, it is only by his grace that we have been saved through the cross. Yet, we all have a price. What is stopping you from giving it all for the CROSS this season?
When your health crumbles, will you still proclaim, “Jesus is Lord.” Will you deny Jesus in front of your popular friends? Will you allow work to trump God, family, and the Sabbath? What is your price? Will you lay it all down for the cross, or will the stakes of following Jesus lead you to desert him?
Yet, despite our constant betrayal of our Lord, Jesus still dies on the cross for us. What an amazing debt he paid. We are like Judas and Peter. Yet, he STILL died for us.
This devotional was inspired by JD Greaars sermon: Betrayed For Me. To listen to JD Greaar’s full sermon go here: https://www.summitrdu.com/message/betrayed-for-me/