Google+ 09/16/13 God Will Embrace Us and Evil Will Abandon Us!

Matthew 27:1-5

 

Very early in the morning the leading priests and the elders of the people

Met again to lay plans for putting Jesus to death.

Then they bound him, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.

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.

 

In part eight of our thirteen-part devotion series entitled, "The Best Laid Plans," Matthew shares with us what happens when we listen and participate in evil plans.  I don't believe that most Christians set out to intentionally do evil.  I don't believe that Judas, in his own mind, was trying to destroy Jesus.  I believe Judas, like many of us, was trying to manipulate the truth to get what he wanted.  Judas carried the moneybag for the disciples.  Judas, like most people, was tired of the Roman tyranny.  He wanted it to come to an end.  So did Jesus, but He and Judas differed greatly on the "where and when."  Like many of us, Judas was impatient and wanted Rome to be defeated immediately.  That was not God's plan, nor what was foretold in Scripture.  Judas took matters into his own hands and "struck a deal with the devil."  Judas was purchased by the chief priests and elders.  Their plans were evil, as they had been scheming about how to get rid of this Jesus for months.  These "wise" men found a willing patsy that they could manipulate.  He performed like a trained puppet, right on cue.  We know what happened.  They captured Jesus and put Him to death.  Judas had participated in an evil plot and God had convicted his heart.  Matthew says Judas was filled with remorse.  Here comes the most important lesson in our Scripture today.  When Judas returns to the chief priests and elders to repent and return the money, they dismiss him.  They tell him that it is not their problem and they don't care.  If we choose to participate in evil plans that are not of God, don't expect redemption.  Remember that Satan lies, cheats, and steals to get his own way.  Repentance is not something the devil and his followers care about in the least.  In this case, the evil that Judas had perpetrated was too much for him to bear.  He tragically takes his own life, not being able to face his part in the death of Jesus.  Always follow God's plan and remember,  "God Will Embrace Us and Evil Will Abandon Us!"