Judas – betrayal & remorse
Matthew 26:14-16 _____14-Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15-and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. 16-From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.
Matthew 27:3-5_____3-Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4-saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” 5-And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.
Matthew gives us an account of Judas that sadly many people overlook. Notice first the betrayal. What was this motivated by? ____________. (Money) – enough money that it could buy a piece of property. At that moment when 30 pieces of silver were placed in his hand, he was no longer thinking about the consequences, but only about his future gain. Now notice secondly the remorse. What was it motivated by? __________. (Truth) – the consequences of his actions were now being exposed to his own eyes and he couldn’t believe it was happening. He returned the money and cried out to the religious leaders saying, ” I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” Judas not only realized his mistake, but he tried to make amends by returning the money and confessing his sin. He was truly sorry for his actions. The chief priest told him to go away because it was not their problem but it was only his own to deal with. Judas throw the money back into the temple and ran away. Matthew tells us that Judas remorse was so great that he killed himself by hanging. Although it is not clear if Judas went to heaven or hell, we can see that his eyes were opened to the truth and he confessed his sin. In my opinion, I believe he was forgiven and went to heaven. Many others would argue over this, but I simply say this, “ABC – Admit your a sinner, Believe God sent Jesus to save us, Confess your faith in Jesus.” It is my belief that you can have no remorse without the acknowledgment of the truth. What do you need to confess to Christ today? ________. Spend some time today confessing your sins to Christ Jesus.