Interesting that money was involved in the events of the Passion.
Not Jesus’ money, he had none. But Judas’.
Or rather, money Judas wanted. For 30 pieces of silver he sold over his Lord. He thought he could sell, prosper off of, the one who could never be bought.
What a contrast. We believe money is everything. We work hard to get it. We are proud when we have it. We use it to fill our lives with the things we think we need. What could Judas have needed more than he needed his Lord? Yet, he did it.
We do it too. And if not money, we think it is the rest of us that can get us what we need. Look at me! I am good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like me. Our hard work, charm, or excellence can save us in this world.
Except it can’t.
There is One who can’t be bought. There is a Treasure that cannot be purchased. There is a Gift that cannot be earned. Don’t bring your currency. He won’t accept it.
All that’s needed is your open eyes. A humble heart. A poverty of spirit. The deal is all of Christ for all your nothing. There is no other way.
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. — Isaiah 55:1