30 Pieces of Silver

20130425-191144.jpgWhat does it cost to transform slaves into children? What does it cost to make a prostitute pure? How much would it take to set captives free? How is it possible that a one time fee could open salvation to all of humanity?

Matthew 26:14-16 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

It was 30 silver coins that gave Judas sufficient retribution for betraying the Son of God. 30 silver coins.

Perhaps Judas didn't understand the consequence of his actions. Honestly, I would air on the side that Judas most likely thought that Jesus would get out of "this one" too. He'd seen Him raise the dead, heal the sick, cast out demons, feed the masses, and throughout every attempt on His life, He'd come out unharmed. Despite that, he believed that 30 silver coins was enough to sell his loyalty.

According to Exodus 21 the price of a slave was 30 pieces of silver and we see that point again in Zechariah 11:12.

There was a reason that Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, it was that very price that it took to buy a slave.

"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, saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? You see to it!" Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. 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." and they consulted together and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Therefore that field has been called the field of blood to this day." (Matthew 27:3-8)

(Real quick disclaimer don't confuse this field with the field in Acts 1, this field was purchased with the 30 pieces of silver by the chief officials, the field in Acts 1 was purchased by Judas)

Why was it important to say what was bought with the 30 pieces of silver? A field was bought, not just any field, but the Potter's field. That field wasn't used for just anything, it was used to put strangers (or foreigners) in.

The Bible gives us such a beautiful picture of what Jesus did here. He sacrificed His life to buy the slaves and to bring them into the Father's territory, it was no longer just for the Israelites, but it was opened to the strangers, the gentiles.

Thirty pieces of silver led the way for the biggest Payment ever recorded to date, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He didn't buy just one slave, he bought a world full, and didn't stop with just buying us. He transformed us into children, He clothed us, provided for us, redeemed us, gave us His nature, sent the Holy Spirit....

Your salvation was a high cost, but we get it for free!

Be Blessed, J. Tate