Mark 14: 10-11: Covert activity.
“10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over. ” NIV UK
As we come to the end of our brief sojourn in this passage, two quotes from Warren Wiersbe seem pertinent:
‘The importance of what you do isn’t measured by media interviews or press releases. As far as we know, only fifteen people in Bethany saw Mary’s act of worship when she anointed the feet of Jesus – and twelve of them criticised her for it! – but Jesus said that the message of what Mary did would travel around the world!’ ‘How do you ‘’conveniently’’ betray the Son of God? Is it not a costly endeavour in every way?’
I remember a pastor pointing out that Judas helped Jesus fulfil His mission more than any other earthly follower. He wasn’t advocating treachery. No one in their right mind would want to go through that. But he was emphasising that in the worst of times for a leader, God will be mightily at work. Even if we have to go through a crucifixion type of experience, it is the pathway to Easter Day.