Bible Study Lessons from Matthew 26:14-19 – Easter Story

Judas Iscariot Agrees To Betray JesusFor thirty pieces of silver Judas betrayed Christ. He didn’t want to wait to receive the unbelievable amount of spiritual riches he would receive by having Jesus as his Savior.

Are we willing to wait?

Read this Easter incident and follow the chain of events leading to the crucifixion and resurrection.

Easter Story – Judas Iscariot Agrees to Betray Jesus

Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?”

And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.

From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus. – Matthew 26:14-16 NASB

Judas Received 30 Pieces Of Silver! – Who was Judas Iscariot?

It only took 30 pieces of silver to find a close disciple to betray the Savior of the world!

Why? Let’s look at the nature of the man. Judas was a treasurer. And, like the other 11 disciples, he believed that Christ came to overthrow the Roman government and establish rule as the king.

So, Judas had much to gain as he would control untold wealth and an important station in this new “kingdom”.

Truth Revealed

After the perfume incident and the woman, he most likely realized that Jesus had not come to establish an earthly kingdom or even a political one. His kingdom would not be of a physical sense.

Since Judas discovered that he would not receive this position and power, his greed led him to betray Jesus for a paltry amount. This consisted of thirty pieces of silver and gained him favor of the Pharisees and other leaders of the synagogue.

NOTE: The only verses in the Bible giving the exact amount (about the price paid for a slave) for the betrayal are in the Book of Matthew.

Deception Plan

The planned capture of Christ was to be after Passover but Judas’ betrayal helped to speed up the process.

Now or Later?

For our lesson, let’s keep Jesus in perspective. We should not be expecting to receive our gifts here on earth but live our lives so that we can be with Him in heaven.

The rewards of waiting equal much more than 30 pieces of silver!

Love in Christ

– Bob

If you would like to learn more about how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 for more information.

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