I don’t do this often, but on this Good Friday I’ve decided to repost something I wrote back in 2011. One thing has changed in three years. Today the price of silver is about $20.00 an ounce. That makes to price Judas was paid, in 2014 dollars about $600.00, a pathetically small amount for the life of the son of God. [mb]
30 pieces of silver; that’s what they thought Jesus was worth. It’s the price that the Jewish leaders paid Judas to betray our Savior. Silver is worth about $45.00 an ounce as of today, so if the pieces used to buy Jesus were about an ounce each, then Judas got a whopping $1,350.00 for turning Jesus in. Seems like a bargain to me, especially when Judas gave the silver back when he realized what he’d done.
That raises a question. I wonder what Judas thought they were going to do to Jesus? Surely he didn’t think they were going to throw him a party? Or maybe ask Him to join their little club? Jesus had been telling the twelve that bad things were coming, did Judas not listen? I guess we’ll never know.
But, back to the 30 pieces of silver. It seems like small change to betray the son of God. But, at what price do we betray Jesus today? Will we give Him up in exchange for a night of drinking and hitting on the neighbors’ wives? Will we give Him up for a couple of hours looking at a porn movie? Maybe we give Him up for a few office supplies? Or, maybe we give Him up for the pleasure of talking about our friends behind their backs? Maybe Judas’ $1,350.00 wasn’t such a cheap price after all.
I know people who give Jesus up so they can sleep in on Sunday morning. I also know people who give up Jesus so they can play golf on Sunday. Maybe a good parking spot for the Cardinal’s game is enough to tempt some people to pass by church on their way downtown.
Today is Holy Thursday, the day we remember the Lord’s Last Supper and Judas’ betrayal. Many of us will go to mass (some of us will go three times, but that’s another story) but most of us won’t. It’s Thursday night. Some folks are willing to trade an hour with Jesus for an hour of CSI. That’s too bad.
Living in a very secular world, where devout Christians are looked on with scorn by many of our brothers and sisters, we need to be reminded once in a while of what Jesus did for us. The holy trifecta of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday is just the place for us. An annual reminder of what actually happened twenty centuries ago doesn’t hurt. In fact it’s good for us. Yes, I know these liturgies can get a little long some times. So what! Three or four hours, once a year is a small price to pay. Trust me. You’ll get more than thirty pieces of silver worth of peace and blessings in return.