Judas Iscariot has become a name synonymous with betrayal and evil against the Son of God, Jesus Christ. No person would want to name their child Judas because of what the name represents. There has been debate about whether Judas, who had spent at least three years following Christ; seeing His miracles and hearing His words of wisdom and love, could actually be forgiven for what he ultimately did. The Holy Scriptures tells us that he took money from those willing to pay him for betrayal. This is the Blood Money of which we write. He knew that he was selling out an innocent person. ( Matthew 26:24 says that it would have been better for him that he was never born. )
Jesus knew who would betray Him and told Judas that what he was about to do, to do it quickly. Even though the other disciples seemed to have no idea what Judas was up to, it was clear that both he and Jesus knew this would happen.
What happened to Judas at that point? We are told that when he made his decision to betray an innocent person…the Messiah…that Satan entered into him. (John 13:27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him…”
Once a person has allowed Satan to take over, there seems to be no turning back. His mind was clear about the reality. He was doing a wrong and horrible thing to the innocent Son of God. He was about to do the very thing that would lead him to his own death and he was doing it with a kiss.
Afterwards, Judas was remorseful, but being remorseful does not necessarily mean that there was repentance. Rather than seeking forgiveness, “…he went away and hanged himself” Matthew 27:5
Yes, he had tried to give the money back, which those ready to kill Jesus would not receive. ( And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place (Matthew 27:5-8) Aceldama (əkĕl´dəmə) [Aram.,=field of blood]
One may ask the question, “Is there anything that God will not forgive?” It appears so if there is not true repentance. We have good news of justification in the Holy Scripture about this subject and God’s washing of us clean with the sacrifice of his life for us. However, there will be those who will read this scripture and be disturbed by it because it does not fit the ideas of modern society:
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
One must remember that there is always repentance. Jesus met the woman at the well and told her everything that she had done wrong in life. He met others whose lives were out of control and he only said, “Go and sin no more.”
We are told that blaspheming the Holy Spirit is unforgivable: Mark 3:28-29 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” We hear people swear using God’s or Jesus’ name in vain, but I’ve not heard anyone swear using the name of the Holy Spirit. Why? I don’t know.
People who are dying may ask for the last rites or prayers be said for them. This is a good practice for those who want to get things right with God before meeting Him face to face. This is most helpful. However, it does not take a priest or someone to pray over us to make this happen. As I have often said in my blogs, the shower is a great place to pray. God is anywhere you are.
So often people die tragically with no warning. This is why we should face each day with a prayer of confession and each night with a contrite heart before our Creator. God looks on the heart. In this time of Lent, before Easter, we lay ourselves and our actions before Him…knowing that He has paid the price for sin and has promised a glorious resurrection to those who trust and follow Him.
Do we have the answers to what will happen to those evil ones in the world, who attribute to the harming of others or those who shed innocent blood? The answer is “No” but God has told us to repent and He will remember our sins no more.
There are many who are guilty of “blood money”….blood actions… and God is the great and powerful Judge Who will one day ask for accountability. No one wants to be a Judas.
All we can pray is “God forgive me. Draw me nearer to You.”
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Hymn written by Sarah F. Adams, 1841. Sung by the Sharon Singers of the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute.