Listen to the text in Matthew 27:3-5, “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, what is that to us? See thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged
This text teaches that good men can make mistakes. Judas had once preached the gospel, healed the sick, and was the treasurer for Christ and the apostles. He was chosen by Christ and trusted, but the devil
entered into him and he went about to betray the Lord. Notice how—
He Sold His Lord – Matthew 26:14-16 says, “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, what will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they
covenanted with him for thirsty pieces of silver. And from that time, he sought opportunity to betray him.”
Judas had been trusted with the homey and could have escaped, no doubt, with much more than the price for which he sold his master. There is no evidence that he had ever betrayed his stewardship before.
The only excuse he could have had was greed for money, and this was a poor one. He sold His Lord. That’s Judas’ first mistake. The second is this—
The Root and Maturity of His Mistake – The love of money is the root of all evil. This seems to have been where the crime took root. The thought preyed upon his mind and he was deceived into betraying his
best friends. It’s a mistake to betray any friend; to betray Jesus is a fatal mistake. Again, his first mistake was He Sold His Lord. The second reveals the root and the maturity of His mistake—His love for money.
Judas’ third mistake reveals—
The Price of His Mistake – Acts 1:17-18 reveals this heavy price, “For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this maturity. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling
headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.”
Brothers and Sisters, Judas received no benefits from the money, never had another minute’s pleasure in this world or in the world to come. He was driven to suicide, shamefully falling from the tree from which
he hung, and burst asunder, his bowels gushing out.
Right now, the mistake of your life for the present may seem a trifle. You didn’t mean it for a mistake. You intended to continue in sin only a short time and then seek God. But, beware, because the longer you
wait, the tighter sin fastens itself around you, until you wake up facing death, and you will stand in judgment wanting.
I wonder, will all the wealth you have accumulated and the pleasures you’ve had in this life—be enough to correct the mistakes that you are now still making? If you have carefully listened to this plea, then you
should know that if you happen to wake up in judgment, then, it is no doubt too late!
This has been a food for your soul moment