Christmas (Messianic) Prophecy #6

Posted by on Dec 8, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Messiah was to be betrayed by one of His followers
Psalm 41:9

“Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread,
Has lifted up his heel against me.”
Fulfillment summary is in Acts 1:16
“Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.”

The Gospels give further testimony as to the events leading up to Judas’ betrayal of Christ. See Matthew 26 for more of the story.

What was Judas really doing? He was selling his services as a witness against the prophecied Messiah. To whom did he sell his services? The religious leaders, the chief priests.

How much were his services worth? Thirty silver coins, the redemption price paid out for a slave and also the prophecied amount (Zechariah 11:12) that would be paid out in this case.

Judas was the chief priests’ “deliverer” from their problem, Jesus.
It’s so sad. The Savior was among them and they were troubled by His presence and so they hired someone to point the finger at Him in order to bring Him to trial. What’s also sad is that one who had spent time, shared meals, and gotten to know the Messiah was willing for a price to do the deed.
Chief priests….priests in general, had many responsibilities. One of the things God told Moses to make sure the priests did was to read the law to the people and at specified times so the people would know God’s word. Remember, they didn’t have the “totable word” so hearing it was most important to living it out. What happened that these readers and teachers of the law didn’t recognize the One sent from God to save them that they supposedly were reading about over the centuries? What happened that they could turn one in Jesus’ midst on to deception and betrayal?
Greed. Money was Judas’ god. He was willing to bow down to it above serving his Lord with his whole heart.
Pride. The chief priests were disturbed by this blasphemous carpenter who had the audacity to call Himself, “I am.” He was in their way and shaking up the people’s minds and lives. He was getting more attention than they. They knew the law so well. They did not know the One who wrote it and stood before them. He was ruining “their ministry”. He had to go and they found a willing, weak one to assist them who claimed to be of Jesus’ camp. They had head knowledge of the Scriptures. They lacked heart knowledge. They had religion and not relationship.
What about you? Do you recognize the One who was born to die? Are you willing to lay down your life for the One who laid down His?

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