Matthew 27:1-10 “Very early in the morning the leading priests and the elders of the people met again to lay plans for putting Jesus to death. 2 Then they bound him, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.
3 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. 4 “I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.” “What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.”
5 Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself. 6 The leading priests picked up the coins. “It wouldn’t be right to put this money in the Temple treasury,” they said, “since it was payment for murder.”7 After some discussion they finally decided to buy the potter’s field, and they made it into a cemetery for foreigners. 8 That is why the field is still called the Field of Blood. 9 This fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah that says,
“They took[b] the thirty pieces of silver— the price at which he was valued by the people of Israel, 10 and purchased the potter’s field, as the Lord directed.”
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Observation: It’s not too late to come to God. I hear God telling me that no matter what I’ve done, it is not too late to come to Him. Judas had the Savior of the world under his very nose and yet missed out on His love, mercy, compassion, wisdom, provision, and generosity in exchange for some silver, which he didn’t even keep! I don’t know, maybe he felt like he was in too deep and had taken things too far to stop. But that’s not the heart of Jesus. I hear God telling me that He is always here and that there is nothing I could ever do to keep Him from loving me. I hear Him inviting me to come to Him with all that troubles me and that when I mess up, He is the One to turn to.
Action: I suffer from “doer” disease. I can jump into action before I ever go to God. When I don’t go to Him I miss His love, mercy, compassion and wisdom. During Lent I am practicing the art of stopping and to help me, I am setting my phone alarm to go off at 8:38 each day to remind me just how deep and wide the Father’s love for me really is and that there is nothing I can’t bring to Him.