Matt 26:15-16 - The negotiation
We all tell ourselves that we would never have betrayed Jesus like Judas did, but pay close attention to the details of his betrayal. First, he "went" tot he chief priests - they didn't go to him. He was looking for something, just like the young man in Proverbs who was wandering near the door of the house of the harlot. We do the same thing when we meander into the way of temptation - we get close to it because our flesh is looking for something. Second, the question he asked was "what are you willing to give me?" This is something every single person asks themselves, whether consciously or unconsciously, when temptation presents itself - "what am I willing to give up in order to have what this sin wants me to have?" We talk to the sin, so to speak, and ask it "what will you give me if I give in to you?" We cannot sin without betraying Jesus, so anytime we sin we have done the very thing Judas did by betraying Jesus for the promise of some type of gain. It may be a curse word that flies from your mouth - in that moment you chose to betray Jesus because the feeling of saying a bad word gave you a temporary emotional feeling of relief. Third, he looked for an opportunity to complete the transaction (to betray Jesus). When you are looking for sin have no doubts that it will definitely present itself.
Judas went looking for sin and he found temptation, he negotiated a deal, , then he went looking for an opportunity to seal his part of the deal - then the opportunity did present itself and Jesus was betrayed. What Judas forfeited by this was far greater than his temporary gain of 30 pieces of silver - he forfeited his soul.
We must recognize the inner Judas in each of us and make sure that we do not walk towards temptation and that we never begin to negotiate with it - we will lose every time, just like Eve did when she conversed with the serpent. What we forfeit will far out-weigh what we gain.
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