I’m going to tell you about the best deal ever. In terms of what was paid and what was received.
Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ disciples—who’s name has gone down in infamy for having betrayed Jesus—allowed the Jewish religious leaders to make a deal with him. And this is what it was: They pay him 30 pieces of silver. And he gives them Jesus in return. Can you imagine? Think of this: Jesus, for only 30 pieces of silver! This was the going rate for an average slave. The equivalent today of maybe 600 dollars. What a deal. What a steal!
Jesus, who’s the fountain of life: From out of Him, comes eternal life. For only $600.
Jesus, who was a HEALER: He healed every person who came before with an illness. He even raised people from the dead back to life again. Only $600.
Jesus, who’s an endless supply of food: He multiplied fish and loaves of bread, a thousand times over. And when the disciples went fishing, He filled their nets till they broke. Only $600.
Speaking of fish, He also can create money: The disciples needed a coin. He said, “Go fish.” They did. And in the mouth of the fish they caught, was the coin they needed. Only $600.
Jesus, who spoke like nobody ever spoke. He taught the people in parables, and they crowded—by the thousands—around Him, to hear Him. Grown men climbed trees, just to get a sight of Him.
Jesus, who willinging went to the cross, so that sinners like Barabas—and you and me—could go free. $600
Jesus, upon whom the Father laid the iniquity of us all. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities.
Jesus, who was crucified so that the Father might be able to forgive us of every sin. And so instead of us ending where we deserve, in despair and death, He instead gives us hope and life. And He offers His salvation freely to all who come to Him.
Jesus, who was all of these things: And the Jewish religious leaders were able to “buy” Him, for only thirty.pieces.of.silver. Can you think of a better deal?! Anywhere?! Ever?! Not just a miracle worker: A Savior, from sin! Only six hundred dollars! What a deal! Wasn’t it?
No. They got cheated.
You don’t have to pay a thing.
The best deal ever, in the history of the world, is this: When you and I, bring Him all our sin and ugliness He says that He will give us—in exchange, freely—forgiveness, peace, hope, love, joy, eternal life, and—best of all—Himself. And a reconciled relationship with Him and Father, and the Holy Spirit.
That is the best deal ever.