Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 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.
Judas, like the other disciples, expected Jesus to start a political rebellion and overthrow Rome.
As Treasurer, Judas certainly assumed (as did the others) that he would be given an important position in Jesus' new government.
But when Jesus praised Mary for pouring out perfume worth a year's salary, Judas may have realised that Jesus' Kingdom was not physical or political, but spiritual.
Judas' greedy desire for money and status could not be realised if he followed Jesus, so he betrayed Jesus in exchange for money and favour from the religious leaders.
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.”
And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.”
James and John, and apparently their mother, had agreed on requesting honoured positions
in God`s Kingdom! They thought Jesus would establish an earthly kingdom that would free Israel from Rome`s oppression. James and John wanted honoured places in it.
But Jesus' Kingdom is not of this world. It is not centred in palaces and thrones but in the hearts and lives of His followers. The disciples did not understand this until after His resurrection.
The disciples, like most of the Jews of that day, had the wrong idea of the Messiah`s Kingdom as predicted by the Old Testament prophets.
But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
They said to Him, “We are able.”
So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.”
James and John said they were willing to face any trial for Jesus. Both did suffer. James died as a martyr (Acts 12:2) and John was forced to live in exile (Revelation 1:9).
It is easy to say we will endure anything for Jesus, and yet most of us complain about the most minor problems. We may say that we are willing to suffer for Jesus, but are we really willing to suffer the minor irritations that sometimes come with serving others?
But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give
His life a ransom for many.”
'James and John wanted the highest positions in Jesus' Kingdom but Jesus told them that true greatness comes in serving others.'
(Resource: Application Study Bible)
Judas served Jesus, but Jesus revealed his heart`s motive for doing so and helped Judas to face that truth.
Are we serving Jesus with a right heart attitude, or are we hoping to gain money, status or recognition from others?