What a horrible thought to be the one that Betrayed the Messiah. As Judas looked at the bag of coins he had received for betraying Jesus, He quickly realized that there was no going back. He tried to return the money, but, the religious elite did not care. He could not justify what he had done, because he knew better than most, that Jesus did nothing wrong. Faced with the total lack of hope and solace, Judas killed himself. Still, at that point, no one else cared. It was a sad testimony to his life and also to the act.
The religious elite fulfilled prophecy, however, they used the money to buy a field to bury the poor. A potters field. That was prophesied in Zachariah.
Probably, the saddest part of the story is our greatest hope. Jesus would have forgiven Judas’ betrayal. When Jesus died for our sin, He also died for Judas’s sin of betrayal. Judas, never actually understood whom he was following. His betrayal showed his lack of faith–but, Jesus still would have accepted him. As Paul later taught in Romans 5:8, “God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Judas was a sinner, sadly though, he walked away from God’s grace and Christ’s forgiveness. There simply is no sin that Christ is not willing to forgive, all we have to do is ask!
God Bless You
Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. 2 So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.
3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”