Matthew 27:3–10 (ESV)
Judas Hangs Himself
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, 4saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent
blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” 5And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. 6But
the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as
a burial place for strangers. 8Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9Then 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, 10and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”
Suicide leaves so many people hanging with no answers. People often think that everyone will be better off if they are gone. We’ll, as a pastor, I have
seen the destruction and wrecked lives’ that are left after a suicide. Judas’s suicide is no different. What was he thinking???? Jesus is about forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus is not about death and dying, but about
LIFE! We don’t know what Judas was thinking. We know that Satan had crept into his life. We know he sold out his friend Jesus. Perhaps he thought that they could not kill him because he was the messiah. I think it is safe
to say that he felt the guilt. He knew what he had committed to his friend… maybe after the fact. We also see that “he changed his mind”. This is a curse that he took a bribe to shed innocent blood. We see in Deuteronomy
27.25: “Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.” The remedy for sin’s curse is to believe with Luther that “this is our highest comfort, to clothe and wrap Christ this way in my sins, your sins, and the sins
of the entire world” (American Edition, Luther’s Works, 26:279).
I pray: O Holy Spirit, comfort me with the sure knowledge that Christ has
removed sin’s curse. Amen.