by Steve Wagers

Does Every Man Have a Price?
Steve Wagers
Matthew 26: 14-16


One Christmas morning, many years ago, at about 8:30, the telephone rang in a
pastor's home. A lady, on the other end of the line, who wouldn't give her name, said, Preacher, I have a neighbor who has 3 children, and there isn't anything in their house to eat this Christmas morning. They have no toys for the children, and I thought that it must be an awful experience for her, and the children. The pastor obtained their address, and with the help of some members of his church, they collected toys, presents, and a Christmas turkey dinner for them.

After they presented the family with these Christmas treats, they got ready to leave. However, before they left, the pastor noticed that the children's father was not around. He asked the mother about her husband, and she informed him that he was serving time in the penitentiary for attempted murder and robbery. The pastor then asked, "How is it that you don't happen to have any money at all in your house?" She replied, "Well, our Social Security check didn't come, and I guess it was because they are so busy at Christmas time that they didn't get it out on time." The pastor paused for a moment, and asked, "So, your husband is really responsible for the heartache these children are going to remember as long as they live?" The lady looked tearfully to the preacher, and said, "Yes, yes, my husband was never a Christian. He belonged to the church, but he never became a Christian. I guess that you could say that 'he sold Jesus out!'" 1

Several months ago, I came across a pamphlet that read, "We know, certainly, of 2 things in the Bible. Number one, we know that one man is surely saved. For, Jesus said to him on the cross, 'This day shalt thou be with me in paradise.' Number two, we not only know that one man is surely saved; but, we know that one man is surely lost. For, Jesus spoke of Judas, and said, 'I've kept all ...

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