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Nov 16 / Chuck Smith, Jr.

Day Ninety – Matthew 27:1-10

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you

Then when Judas who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” Matthew 27:3-4

Judas could not stop the wheels that were now turning thanks to his help. He could not undo his act of betrayal nor reverse time by returning the silver. His action had become a fact of history and he no longer had control over it.

The heartlessness of the priests and elders is shocking. They were supposed to be representatives of God. The man who stood before them was in pain, having realized that he had done something very wrong and wanting to repent. Although they were not about to release Jesus from their trap, they could have, at the very least, tried to console Judas and assure him–from their perspective–that he had done the right thing. But they showed absolutely no concern for him.

“See to that yourself,” they told him, as if to say, “That’s your problem, deal with it yourself.” The Good News Bible reads, “That’s your business,” which we could take to mean, “That’s your line of work, Judas. It’s what you get paid for.” Indeed, that is how Judas will always be remembered.

Jesus was alone, abandoned by everyone. So was Judas. Jesus died in painful, lonely desperation. So did Judas. Jesus was overwhelmed with sadness at the end. So was Judas.

Judas went from  one permanent and irreversible action to another. Once the rope snapped, there was no going back.

O Son of God, did it ever occur to Judas that there was One who loved him, who in the precise moment of His betrayal addressed the betrayer as “Friend”? As for us, Lord Jesus, do we know the depths of Your love? The four points of the cross point to the infinite “breadth and length and height and depth” of a love that, even if we know about it, still surpasses knowledge.* In humble gratitude, we praise You for loving us as no one ever has or ever could love us.

* Ephesians 3:14-19

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  1. Ed Northen / Nov 17 2012

    Chuck, As always, I enjoy your challenge of mercy and grace and to consider the unobvious Thank you

    Here is a poem I wrote about Judas.

    Judas betrayed

    What held your heart
    So strongly
    Pressed you Judas
    To betray

    This innocent man
    Who sought you out
    And opened heaven for you

    What passion held you
    So tightly
    You risked all
    You had been given

    To watch
    The Blind see
    Lame Walk
    Dead raised

    You ate of loaves multiplied
    Drank water turned wine

    What did your heart desire
    That you would secede a prophets life
    This lover of God

    Who showed you
    His Fathers nature
    Lavishing mercy and forgiveness
    upon the abandoned

    What romanced you away
    From such love
    Causing a divorce of affection
    So you cultivated murder in your heart

    It has brought you to ruin
    Your house of ambition collapsed
    To the reality
    Of your deed

    You cannot retract
    The bloody lashings
    Thorny crown
    Driven Spikes

    The spear has lanced His side
    Pouring life out
    Bread and wine
    Has become blood and water

    Your anguish and despair
    His innocence
    And your treachery

    Leaving you to cast
    Your god of silver
    Into the temple He cleansed

     Ed Northen Rv 11/17/12

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