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  Love for Money
Judas betrays Jesus.“For the love of money is the root of all evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10.

The Jewish rulers were anxious to get Jesus into their power, but they did not dare to take Him openly, for fear of raising a tumult among the people. So they sought some one who would secretly betray Him, and found the man who would do this base act in Judas, one of the twelve disciples.

Judas had naturally a strong love for money, but he had not always been wicked and corrupt enough to do such a deed as this He had fostered the evil spirit of avarice until it had become the ruling motive of his life, and he could now sell his Lord for thirty pieces of silver, which was about seventeen dollars. Judas could now betray the Saviour with a kiss at Gethsemane.

But he followed every step of the Son of God as he went from the garden to the trial before the Jewish rulers. He had no thought that the Saviour would allow the Jews to kill him, as they had threatened to do.

At every movement he expected to see Him released, and protected by divine power, as had been done in the past. But as the hours went by, and Jesus quietly submitted to all the indignities that were heaped upon Him, a terrible fear came to the traitor, that he had indeed betrayed his Master to His death.

As the trial drew to a close, Judas could endure the torture of his guilty conscience no longer. All lat once a hoarse voice rang through the hall, which sent a thrill of terror to the hearts of all present:—

“He is innocent. Spare Him, O Caiaphas. He has done nothing worthy of death!”

The tall form of Judas was now seen pressing through the startled crowd. His face was pale and haggard, and large drops of sweat stood upon his forehead. He rushed to the throne of judgment, and threw down before the high priest the pieces of silver he had received as the price of his Lord’s betrayal.