Sunday, October 21, 2012

Not for Sale


John 12:1-8 - The Story of the alabaster box and Judas the thief … the oil was worth about $40 – (costly @ $40 per pound)

Matthew 26:10 (The Story Continues) – Judas was not a little upset!

Matthew 26
15  and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
16  So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.

Matthew 27
1 ¶  When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death.
2  And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
3  Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4  saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? You see to it!"
5  Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.
6  But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood."
7  And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.

Zechariah 11
12  Then I said to them, "If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain." So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
13  And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"  — that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter.

Exodus 21: 32  "If the ox gores a male or female servant, he shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

$15 … that’s what the 30 shekels of silver would be worth today … just the price of a slave – a servant … that’s the value this world set on our Savior – What is He worth to you? I guess Judas was pretty angry about the $40

You might say, “Preacher, are you telling me that Judas sold Jesus for $15?”  NOPE!!!  You see - - -

Jesus was not the one for sale that night in the Garden … Oh no!!!

Jesus was not selling … Jesus was buying

Jesus, the Lamb of God, was not the one for sale, Judas sold himself, and for what? Thirty shekels of silver … only $15 – and even then he casted that away which only goes to teach us that in the end:

We are worth nothing without Jesus – but – We are worth everything to Him

And, BTW … Jesus is not for sale today either!
·        We cannot buy Him …
·        We cannot bargain with Him …
·        And we cannot live without Him …

Jesus is not for sale … you are!

Don’t sale yourself cheap …
·        Not for Gold, Glory, Power, or Position
·        Why not sale yourself to the highest bidder
·        Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords
·        He gave everything, even His own life for you!

You are worth far too much to let yourself go so cheap … eternity awaits those who know their value and redeem their lives in Christ