Jesus was betrayed by a lover of money. Money was a problem for Judas. He often pilfered from the money box of the disciples – Jn 12:4-6 “But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.” The opportunity to make some money led him to betray Jesus – Mt 26:14-16 “Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.”
Money can be a problem for us. The deceitfulness of riches can render us unfruitful – Mt 13:22 “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” The desire for riches and the love of money can lead us to stray from the faith and drown in destruction and perdition – 1 Ti 6:9-10 “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” The Laodiceans’ preoccupation with wealth made them lukewarm – Re 3:16-17 “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Could we be guilty of betraying Jesus by our desire for riches, letting such things take precedent over our service to God and His church?