DAY 90 OF 365 IN 2021
Matthew 26:14-16 Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I turn Jesus over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. From that time on he was looking for an opportunity to turn him in.
When a tenant wants to move into a property, there is often a deposit requested. This in some way, acts as a confirmation of interest in the property because if one is willing to pay, it suggests in the very least that they are committed to pursuing that project. This can act as a source of motivation for all parties involved to ensure that the deal goes through.
Throughout the Gospels, we read that the chief priests, scribes and pharisees had been trying for years, but without success for, to come up with a way to get rid of Jesus. They had tried stoning, trickery and entrapment, yet they had had no luck. The real situation on the ground however was ‘they had been going after Jesus, but no one had offered him up to them.’
So when Judas Iscariot entered the frame of the conversation and offered Jesus to them, they did not blink twice to pay him well in advance for a job he was yet to carry out. Now that, was commitment and trust right there. You might think it was trust blindly placed, but these group of leaders were rather shrewd and so would have done enough homework to know who Judas was and his proximity to Jesus. Otherwise, they would not have made such an investment in him.
Advance payment to Judas seemed a rushed decision, but from the point of reception, it became the motivation for him to find an opportunity to fulfil his end of the deal – to hand Jesus over, and he delivered. However, we often fix our gaze purely on the material value of things that we forget what the long term goal could be.
The return for investing in Judas was Jesus, a prize the Chief priests had been chasing for a while. So beloved, whenever we invest in another person, whether it is our time, money or some other resources, let us not do so hanging purely unto the material worth of those investments, but the capacity it builds for returns in the long run.