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Matthew 26:17 

The Last Supper. Judas betrays Jesus. Peter denies Jesus.

Reclining there around a Passover table, the disciples could not possibly understand what was about to unfold. Earlier in the day, Jesus had mentioned that his time was drawing near, and made arrangements to share the meal with them, and it probably seemed routine enough. But even after all these the shocks and surprises they've experienced with Jesus, I doubt they could have been prepared for what he would say that night.

They had spent so much time with him and they had sacrificed many things to follow, but here was a moment to pause as they celebrate one of the most significant moments in history between God and humanity. The Passover was the ultimate intervention of God, when he pulled his people out of Egypt after years of suffering and abuse. This powerful display of God's power marked the Hebrew people for the centuries that followed and became a defining moment in God establishing who he is - distinct and holy among all the other gods.

Here was a God who would not ignore the cries of his people. Here is a God who is not distant, but near. Here was a God who would step in with power to rescue his children.

This night, as they shared a meal and recalled God's mighty exploits, Jesus reveals that one of them would betray him. They are grieved, and wondered who it could be, saying "Surely you don't mean me, Lord?" Perhaps they were looking for reassurance from Jesus, or perhaps they were questioning their own commitment. Perhaps they were simply shocked... after sharing so much of their lives together, after seeing the miracles and experiencing Jesus' love and compassion, how could any of them betray him?

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Matthew 26:14-16

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14 Then one of the Twelvethe one called Judas Iscariotwent to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Are you going to be sold out for Jesus or a sellout?

How do we go from being sold out for God to selling God out? What makes us different from Judas and the world that crucified Jesus when we allow ourselves to succumb to our most selfish and greedy desires. How does God feel about us when we are not compassionate, not loving, unforgiving, when we are lusting, full of greed and wanting to do the things that the world does versus what God wants. Judas was a disciple of Jesus, a follower; he got to witness firsthand the mighty works of Jesus, he got to sit and talk with him, dine with him and would eventually play a part in the death of Jesus which was foretold by Jesus himself. Here we stand today, saved by His grace, mercy and everlasting love and given the free will to choose Jesus and be sold out for him. So why do we struggle? Why do we pull a Judas and betray Jesus almost every day of our lives? For some of us, it is hard to fully submit to the will of God, for some we have so many strongholds and rather than trust God or let him do his work in us, we rather sell Jesus out and “do us” (how many times have you said I’m a just do me)? How am I selling him out you may ask? When you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is reach over for your phone to look at Facebook or read email messages and not give Him praise and thanks first, you are selling him out. When you have time to do everything else in life (i.e. Run around with your kids,

work, come home and work, do extracurricular activities) and you can’t spend 5 minutes to sit silent with the Lord, you are selling Him out. When you lean on your one yourself and your own emotions regarding everyday life situations and you don’t trust, believe and have faith at least the size of a mustard seed in what our omnipotent God can do, you are selling Him out. When you come to church to hear the word and get fed, but act bulimic right after service is over and don’t activate the word, the teaching and learning that the preacher gave you, you are selling Him out. Unlike Judas, it’s not too late for us to have a change of heart. You see God extends his hand out to us time and time again and with everything going on in this world, we have to be sold out for Jesus. Jesus paid for it all, our sins are forgiven, and he paid for it all with his blood. Jesus gave us an opportunity to live a godly life, to live a life purposed to give him glory and praise always. So as you think about how you can be sold out for God, think about the ways you may have been a sellout, because it is that conviction that should bring you to your knees and ask him for forgiveness. It is that conviction that will set you back on the right path with God. When Judas received his 30 pieces of silver, after he realized what he did, he didn’t want the silver and knew he made a mistake but by then it was too late. It is not too late for you. Right here, right now you can be sold out for Jesus. So if you have not prayed in a while, take the time to pray. If you have not made time for God, make the time whether it’s right after you wake up or before bed or anywhere in-between. Ask him daily to forgive you for your sins, because the enemy tries to bribe us so we can sin every day but because of the blood stained banner, we are forgiven. Acknowledge your God, acknowledge that you want to live the life He has purposed for you! Trust in God because Judas trusted in his greed and that ended in death for him, but we have the opportunity to live the truth and have eternal life. Don’t sell Jesus out, be sold out for Jesus.

Say this prayer today, Dear God,

Thank you for allowing me to be your disciple. Thank you for your everlasting love, thank you because the victory has been won.

I ask you to forgive me for selling you out today, forgive me when I fall short, forgive me for sometimes shutting you out and not listening to you whether through your word or teachings.

I ask you Father to please make me sold out for you, sold out for Jesus, sold out because you paid for my freedom and I do not want to continue to be a slave to sin.

I am grateful and forever yours because you deserve not some of me, but all of me. Amen.

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