Wednesday 31 March 2021

What’s our worth?


One of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you?’ They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from that moment he looked for an opportunity to betray him.

From MATTHEW 26:14-25


In recent days there has been much comment and dismay by those working for refugees and asylum seekers at the government’s attempts to crack down on those arriving in the UK through illegal means. The Government says it is to discourage and prevent those who traffic human beings for financial gain, putting lives at risk and treating people as a commodity. The Governments approach has been widely criticised. However, the terrible truth remains – that there are many people who seize the opportunity of treating human beings as a commodity for financial gain.

We can only imagine and conjecture what was going through the mind and heart of Judas Iscariot. We know that, after he has handed Jesus over to the authorities and the terrible scenes play out before him, that he is filled with deep remorse, and hangs himself from a tree. Maybe the money wasn’t really important to him but in the exchange they have put a price on Jesus’ head, turned him into a simple transaction, a commodity for their convenience.

As it happens, Jesus is the one who hands himself over, he is the one who fulfils all that he has been sent to do. In the gospels, he talks about laying his life down and, when Pilate questions him, Jesus reminds him that he would have no power at all if it had not been given to him from above. The only power that Jesus wishes to use is the power of love, as he receives upon his shoulders the sins of the whole world. An exchange of pure love. He places infinite worth upon each one of us, our value is beyond words, and certainly beyond silver coins. His death shows us that.


Loving Jesus, help us to know our true worth, and the worth of all people, for you have laid down your life for us. Amen.

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