They Were Delighted

Luke tells us that the chief priests and teachers of the law were looking for a way to “get rid of Jesus” (Luke 22:2, NIV).  That’s a nice way of saying that they wanted Him dead.  Judas must have known that something was up because Luke says that he went to them and had a discussion about his betrayal of the Lord.  What is most disturbing to me is what Luke says in verse 5: “They were delighted…” (Luke 22:5, NIV).  When Judas approached them about handing Jesus over to them, they were delighted.  They gave him some money and they Judas began to wait for the perfect time.
Many pages have been written over the past nearly 2,000 years to try and discern Judas’ motivation for betraying Jesus.  Was it greed?  Was it a zealous desire to force Jesus’ hand and prove that He was the Messiah who had come to deliver Israel from their Roman oppressors?  Was it something else?  No matter the reason, Judas had done the unthinkable.  He betrayed a friend.  His betrayal of Jesus caused emotional suffering for the Lord and set into motion a terrible/wonderful string of events that led to the death of Jesus and the forgiveness of sinners like us.
May we not be so full of pride as to think we would not have done the same thing.  Instead, let us faithfully live lives of devotion to Jesus.  Let us keep our eyes on Him and not on the things of this world that seek to pull us away from Him.
Luke 22:1-6 (NIV)
Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot,one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.

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