Thirty Pieces

Thirty pieces refers to the amount of silver Judas Iscariot accepted to betray Jesus, and was also the Old Testament cost of a slave or the equivalent of four months’ wages. What on earth was Judas thinking? The chief priests wore their hearts on their sleeves as they plotted to kill the Son of Man. Judas, on the other hand, had been one of Jesus’s disciples and yet still decided to worship money rather than his Lord.

I thought about some of the awesome treasures Jesus, our High Priest, offers us instead of the deceptive temptations of this world. He asks us to hand over this life to Himself. He who made true life possible by his death on the cross and his resurrection from the grave is waiting to show us incomprehensible riches! Here, then, are thirty pieces of the Lord’s heart that He offers for those who decide to be accomplices for His love.

Piece 1-REST

The first coin we pull out of our pouch is labeled REST. What a valuable treasure this is in our modern day mayhem. Jesus said, “Come to me,all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Go here. Go there. Soccer practice here. T-ball there. Laundry here. Finances there. The only real rest from this endless cycle of activity is found in Jesus. When we go to Him, we will find true rest. God rested after creating everything: for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. (Hebrews 4:10)  God wants us to do the same…through His only Son Jesus.

Knowing we are saved by the Son’s blood that was shed on Calvary’s cross, places us in an eternal place of rest. My soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. (Psalm 62:1)  We have to be in His word. We have to be in His presence. We have to be in Him. When we actively do these things, our entire being experiences this supernatural rest that comes not from this world, but from Heaven.

Our jobs might be overwhelming. Our bodies may be broken. Our hearts might feel stung by the loss of someone we love. But, none of these are strong enough to diminish the power of God in our lives. Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1) God is bigger than our problems. His shadow stretches farther than the reach of our fears. With our Creator, we will find rest.

When we are walking this life with Jesus, our hearts are turned to look upon His will. His plans. We walk the path and ask Him to guide us by His mighty hand. God spoke to the prophet Jeremiah thousands of years ago and His words still hold true today: This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” -Jeremiah 6:16

Jesus offers us REST. Oh, what a precious gift. Unlike anything on earth, this first piece of the Lord’s treasure is a priceless gift worth betraying the world for. King David betrayed the emptiness of this life for the glorious riches of God and summarized this when he said, “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure…” (Psalm 16:9)

Let’s decline the temptation of “busyness” the world is holding out for us to take and go to Jesus. He will give us rest and, friend, it will be good.

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