“WHAT WILL YE GIVE ME, AND I WILL DELIVER HIM UNTO YOU?”

(MATTHEW 26:15)

“AND JESUS SAID UNTO JUDAS: FRIEND WHEREFORE ART THOU COME?”

(MATTHEW 26:50)

            What will ye give me? This was not the first time in his life that Judas was tempted to ask that question. But it was perhaps the last. His greedy love of money had driven him to sell the best Friend he ever had – for 30 paltry pieces of silver.

“What will ye give me?” Must you not admit that you too find yourselves asking that question all too often? Looking for personal gain, personal profit, in everything you do? Never satisfied, always reaching out for more, always thinking and asking the same old question: “What will ye give me?”

Judas wanted to have a “Little more” than he had then and what a tremendous, tragic difference that little more made. There is nothing wrong in wanting to get ahead, but there is very much wrong with succumbing to the lure of uncontrollable ambition. Unconsciously, you can find yourselves standing before the altar of the dollar sign instead of kneeling at the foot of the Cross of Christ, our Saviour. Jesus Christ knew full well that Judas had betrayed Him for 30 pieces of silver. He knew that the kiss He had received from the betrayer’s lips had delivered him into the hands of His tormentors. He knew all this and more and yet He calls Judas “Friend!”

Did you catch the full force of that one-syllable word “Friend?” If ever the full sweetness and tender yearning of the Saviour’s Gospel invitation was pressed into one little word, it was pressed into that little word “Friend” that night in the garden of Gethsemane.

The Holy, sinless Son of God speaks to one of the most despised characters ever to be named in Holy Scripture – and He calls him “Friend.” He knew fully well that Judas had betrayed Him for 30 pieces of silver. He knew that the kiss He had just received from the betrayer’s lips had delivered Him into the hands of His tormentors. He knew all this and more and yet He calls him “Friend!”

In this last fleeting moment Jesus would let Judas know that in spite of his treachery and in spite of his black cruelty, Jesus is still his friend. Still eager to forgive him, if he will but return in penitence and faith. Have you perhaps betrayed our Lord by behaviour unworthy of your calling? Have you become guilty of some base sins, some wickedness which weighs heavily upon your conscience? Have you despaired of ever finding peace and pardon? Remember Jesus, the Friend of Judas is also your friend.

BUT WILL HE PROVE A FRIEND INDEED? HE WILL; THE VERY FRIEND YOU NEED;

THE FRIEND OF SINNERS – YES, ‘TIS HE WITH GARMENTS DYED ON CALVARY.

IF YOU HAVE BETRAYED, RETURN IN PENITENCE AND FAITH.