Google+ 04/22/14 Let's All Be Like Judas and Confess Our Sins!

Matthew 27:3-8

 

When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die,

He was filled with remorse.

So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders.

“I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.”

“What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.”

Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.

The leading priests picked up the coins.

“It wouldn’t be right to put this money in the Temple treasury,” they said,

“Since it was payment for murder.”

After some discussion they finally decided to buy the potter’s field,

And they made it into a cemetery for foreigners.

That is why the field is still called the Field of Blood.

 

Saved or condemned?  No one knows, but we continue to speculate.  There is a reason that Jesus revealed to us that we should never judge.  Judas does, in fact, repent for his sin.  How do we know?  Read today's Scripture lesson as Matthew tells us what happened.  Judas goes to the chief priests and says, "I have sinned."  Could it be anymore clear?  If we are still not sure what happened, read the next words.  Judas says he has betrayed an innocent man.  He tries to return the money.  The priests explain that none of this is THEIR problem.  Judas throws the money down and leaves to take his own life.  Would Judas have killed himself if he was offered absolution through Jesus and the chief priests?  Now look at what the church admits.  The leaders of the church don't want the money because "It was a payment for murder."  Do the chief priests know what they have done and that this is blood money?  Of course they do.  Is there any repentance on the part of the chief priests?  According to the Bible, no.  They do what so many pastors and churches do today.  They sweep the situation "under the rug," and make what seems to be a noble gesture with the money, which is really a cover-up.  They buy a field and turn it into a cemetery for "foreigners."  We spend much time condemning Judas for what he did.  We throw rocks and do great name-calling.  We spend no time looking at the fact that none of this would have ever happened to Jesus without the agreement of the church and its leadership.  Have things changed all that much?  I have a congregation full of people who have been "crucified" by other churches.  In many cases, they had stopped going to church altogether.  While churches are hurting their local "family" members, they are sending money to missionaries to save people's souls in third-world countries.  We all turn our heads, look at the heart-warming pictures, and proclaim that it is a miracle.  Is it, or is it just another field of blood for foreigners?  I'm all for evangelism throughout the world, but let's not do it at the expense of our local New Testament Church family.  Instead of picking up the thirty pieces of silver from the ground and buying our way out of the mess we created, let's repent for all the people we have hurt and turned away from Christ.  "Let's Be Like Judas and Confess Our Sins!"