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Judas and Jesus

October 29, 2009

Have I told you how much I am enjoying the book A Better Freedom by Michael Card? One of the items he mentions is the cost charged for betraying Jesus. He notes that the price of thirty pieces of silver was the price paid to the owner of a slave when they were gored by an ox (Exodus 21:32).

Jesus was valued as a slave. Many people speculate as to why Judas did this. Some present the idea that Judas was trying to force Jesus’ hand. I wonder if it wasn’t worse than that. I wonder if he did it because Jesus disgusted him. I wonder if he felt contempt for this man with the power to bring people back to life. The man with the power to heal the sick and the lame, and yet he acted like such a no one.

He lived without any of the trappings that would be expected of a king. He put himself below others and served them. No, I wonder if Judas had not had enough of this groveling slave like attitude that Jesus had. I wonder if he wasn’t fed up waiting for Him to act like a king.

Are we any different today? When Jesus doesn’t step into our life when we ask in just the way we expect, with the actions we deem necessary, do we feel disgust? Contempt? Why don’t you act like a king should act…If you were a king wouldn’t you…

He lived like a slave to all.

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a [slave]…” (Philippians 2:5-7a)

Becoming a slave. We translate it servant because it sounds nicer but the point of the book is that the word means slave. The point of the book is if you look at what happened you understand many people saw Jesus as no better than a slave.

We decry Judas actions but what do our actions say? How many of us want to have “this mind” among ourselves?

The image of slavery in our nation is disturbing as it should be and yet Jesus entered into it willingly, would you…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2009 4:40 pm

    Great post brother.
    Keep up the great work you do with your bog.

  2. November 2, 2009 7:59 pm

    Preacherman, thanks for coming by. I hope you guys are doing well.

  3. November 20, 2009 10:09 am

    Excellent post. I’ll have to read the Card book. I’ve read two of his books. “A Violent Grace” are some of the best reflections on the Passion Narratives that I have read. Thanks for reminding us what “doulos” really means. We water a lot fo stuff down. I think you’re on target about Judas.

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