March 22, 2021

March 22, 2021

Scripture

When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor. Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” 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 for strangers. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.” – Matthew 27:1-10 (NLT)

Diving Deeper

The strict Romans reserved the sole rights in their provinces to carry out capital punishment. The Jewish leaders could not carry out the execution of Jesus because of this rule, which was meant to keep ultimate control of the territories in Roman authority’s hands. Therefore, the Jews had to bring Jesus to the Roman governor Pilate, who would have the final say. This section also describes the remorse and guilt Judas felt at taking money in exchange for turning Jesus into the religious leaders. These feelings are not the same as repentance, however. Repentance requires a transformed heart such as Peter transforming from a denier of knowing Jesus to boldly preaching in Jesus’ name. Judas shows no evidence of transformation as he throws the coins in a tantrum because he doesn’t get his way.

Reflection

What is the difference between the responses of Judas and Peter? Which way do you find yourself leaning toward when you make mistakes (transformation or tantrum)?

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