Judas, Jesus Christ and the 30 pieces of silver is the subject of this Big B File.
Today is Good Friday. For Catholics and other Christians around the world this is the day that Jesus Christ Died on the Cross for all our sins and those of the whole world after first being betrayed by Judas Iscariot the night before for the sum of Thirty (30) pieces of Silver. This made me wonder the following questions:
How much would 30 pieces of silver be worth today (adjusted for inflation)?
Would that be enough for you and I to succumb to temptation and betray Jesus ourselves . . . just like Judas Iscariot did 2008 years ago?
It makes you wonder, does it not? As this story is told to us in the Bible in the Gospel Book of Matthew:
When Jesus finished all these words, he said to his disciples, “You know that in two days’ time it will be Passover, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and they consulted together to arrest Jesus by treachery and put him to death. But they said, “Not during the festival, that there may not be a riot among the people.”.
Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster jar of costly perfumed oil, and poured it on his head while he was reclining at table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant and said, “Why this waste? It could have been sold for much, and the money given to the poor.” Since Jesus knew this, he said to them, “Why do you make trouble for the woman? She has done a good thing for me..
The poor you will always have with you; but you will not always have me. In pouring this perfumed oil upon my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Amen, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be spoken of, in memory of her.”.
Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over..
– Matthew 16:1-16, New American Bible
The 30 pieces of silver today would be worth around $950 today. According to the Professional Coin Grading Service, “The value of 30 of these coins was significant at the time. Such a sum likely would have purchased a small farm. Quite a bribe for the time…” On average, a Small farm goes for around $240,000 in our country today . . . which would consist of the farmhouse for the farmer and the family, barns, equipment, along with 120 acres on which to plant and harvest crops. To put it in terms most people can understand, $240,000 would buy:
- A 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer for you and eight of your closest friends,
- a down payment on Luxury home, or
- outright buy a brand new home in most of the USA . . . in cash.
Now how hard is it to resist the temptation to betray Jesus now?
The Big B Files wanted to do this research to help give you a good idea how big of a thing 30 pieces of silver was at the time and how Judas could have succumbed to temptation to betray Jesus on that Holy Thursday night.People have betrayed others for far less than the price of a small farm.
This is the day that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, my sins, and the sins of the whole world. Without Jesus laying down his life for all of us 2008 years ago, we would not have a sense of peace nor what it feels like to have been forgiven of our sins. The United States would never have existed of Jesus had not died on the cross all those years ago. We all have said the same thing the apostles said at the Last Supper to Jesus when they stated that they would never betray him.
Let me conclude this Big B File by asking you this question. . . If you were in the place of Judas, would you be able to resist such a great temptation (as mentioned above) and not betray Jesus, whether it was over 2000 years ago or it is today?
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