3/23/16 Judas Realizes His Terrible Mistake

Jesus is thrown into a dark room where two guards keep watch just outside the door.  In another chamber, Caiaphas conducts a meeting to plan the best way to legally kill Him.  “We have no law to put someone to death on our own.  We must go through Rome,” one of the elder members says.  “Take Him to Pilate!” several shout at once.  They all agree that will be the best way to get the job done, and Caiaphas sends his guards to go and fetch Jesus.  They tie Him up and take Him to the governor’s mansion.  While Jesus is being dragged down the street, Judas Iscariot’s soul is pierced by the knowledge that he has done an evil thing to God’s Son.  Panicking, he runs back to the Sanhedrin and gives them the thirty pieces of silver that he had received for his part in Jesus’ arrest.  “He is innocent.  He was my friend, and I betrayed Him.  I have done an evil thing!  I cannot accept this blood money.”  But the Sanhedrin members will not take the money back.  “You have done this of your own volition,” they tell him.  “You can’t change things now, it is too late.”  Judas flings the money pouch down on the Temple steps and runs from the courtyard.  He doesn’t know where to go or what to do and his mind is filled with whispers telling him to kill himself.  He finds some rope, ties a noose, and hangs himself.  Nearby is a field filled with broken pieces of pottery that was used for a cemetery for beggars.  The Sanhedrin decide that they cannot use the thirty pieces of silver for the Temple treasury, and so they use it to buy the Potter’s Field.  They reason that this way they will have a place to bury any foreigners who die while in Jerusalem.  From this point on, the field will also be known as the Field of Blood.  In doing this, the Sanhedrin fulfills the prophecy of Jeremiah, which says, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, and gave them for the Potter’s Field, as the Lord directed me.”

Matthew 27:3-10, Jeremiah 32:6-9


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