Day 78: Sunday, June 21
When it was early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people plotted against Jesus to execute him. They tied him up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.
Now when Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus had been condemned, he regretted what he had done and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood!” But they said, “What is that to us? You take care of it yourself!” So Judas threw the silver coins into the temple and left. Then he went out and hanged himself. The chief priests took the silver and said, “It is not lawful to put this into the temple treasury, since it is blood money.” After consulting together they bought the Potter’s Field with it, as a burial place for foreigners. For this reason that field has been called the “Field of Blood” to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty silver coins, the price of the one whose price had been set by the people of Israel, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”
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COMMENT & QUESTIONS
The story of Christ’s death is filled with regret. Peter regretted his denial of Jesus and now Judas regrets betraying Jesus. What was the difference in their response to their regret?
Judas was consumed by the sin of his life. Instead of trying to correct what he had done, he let it ruin him and he took his own life. Peter was devastated by his mistake, but he came back and made up for it with his work for Jesus after Jesus was raised.
Notice that Matthew keeps saying that these aspects of Christ’s death were all a ‘fulfilment’. Does Matthew think that Jesus died by accident?
Matthew is trying to show that Jesus' death was not an accidental, tragic ending to a good moral life. Instead, He is trying to show us that this was the plan of God all along.
Thanks that we can be forgiven of our sins – Jesus always wants us to repent and turn to Him Pray for people who have left Jesus – that they will return to Him