We Have Hope

The most precious day of Christian remembrance has arrived, and may we rejoice in it. Christ paid such a price. It was such a gift (Ephesians 2:8). Our God is so worthy of our eternal praise! It was an event of betrayal, cruelty, sacrifice, innocence, and suffering, –all for our redemption. What a plan, and it was executed perfectly. 

There would be no redemption without the crucifixion. An amazing part of the story was Jesus’ betrayal by Judas. Judas sat under Jesus’ teaching with the eleven, but Judas received Satan’s temptation to betray Jesus. He acted upon what he should have rejected.

After the betrayal, it continued downhill. “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:3-5). 

Judas’ worldly sorrow led to his earthly and eternal death/destruction. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death” (2 Corinthians 7:10). 

Imagine, if Judas, after being rejected by the chief priests and elders, had gone to the crucifixion exhibiting godly sorrow. What if he had fallen face down at the bloody feet of the dying Lord Jesus and begged forgiveness for his betrayal? Jesus would have forgiven him, and Judas would not be in hell at this moment. (BTW, I’m not suggesting an improvement on the account.) 

May we learn from Judas. First, reject sinful promptings. Second, when you fail, choose godly sorrow. When you wrong someone, go to them in a spirit of repentance, not justifying yourself. Seek their forgiveness and the Lord’s. Also, if you are trusting in your works for salvation (being a good person), repent and place your faith in the One Who died to redeem you.