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. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself”
This is one of the saddest stories of the bible. My heart breaks for Judas because he counted himself out. Judas forsook the grace of God. If only Judas would see that Jesus was about to lay down his life for a wretched humanity. If only Judas knew that Jesus would cry out in merciful lyrics, declaring that the same men who hammered railroad steak sized nails into his hands are worthy of forgiveness. If only Judas knew that Jesus was going to raise from the grip of the grave and any man who trusts this would be revived from the curse of humanity and receive an undeserved righteousness.
If only Judas knew Jesus still loved him he would have witnessed the greatest love hanging on a tree for wrong he never committed. Yep, that’s right; including the wretched betrayal of Judas. Jesus paid for that with his blood.
Perhaps, you are like Judas. Are you carrying a guilt that Jesus already paid for? My prayer is that you find rest in the finished work of Jesus. You don’t have to hang yourself, Jesus was hanged on a cross to pay for the very things that make you guilty. JESUS PAID FOR IT.
Nothing pleases Satan more than knowing Christians are committing spiritual suicide. You don’t have to live this life defeated by guilt. Don’t throw in the towel. Don’t forsake God’s grace. Instead, God wants to make a trade with you. GIVE GOD YOUR GUILT AND SHAME AND HE WILL GIVE YOU A CROWN.