The wretched traitor Judas got no satisfaction out of his crime. No sooner had he committed his evil he was horrified at the magnitude of his deed. “it had been good for that man if he had not been born.” (v.24)
Covetous as he was, he could not hold the blood- money, and he flung it down as though the very touch of it burnt his fingers.”And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple.” (v.5)
It is not often that the disgust from a acts of wickedness follows so swiftly. “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” (Ecc.8:11)
Probably Judas was dismayed at the consequence of his treason, never having imagined that it would issue in his death and his Saviour.
He may aimed at forcing the hand of Jesus, assuming that at last his Master would employ miraculous power and claim his Christly rights.
Judas was grievously mistaken, and the discovery of his deadly error appalled him.
Then a great darkness fell upon Judas, and the madness of suicide took possession of him. “went and hanged himself “ (v.5)
He seems to stand alone in the evil of his crime. Yet in his very despair shows him to be human, and his confession almost gives us a glimmer of hope that even in this miserable man there is a possibility of better things “If I then, your lord and Master, have washed you feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” (Jh.13:14) Here in this setting Jesus reached out for Judas.
Judas confessed his sin. Judas knew that he had acted vilely, and his co-conspirators, who were glad to use him as a tool, had no pity for such a scoundrel. “And they said, what is that to us? see thou to that.” (v.4) (What does that matter to us? It is your affair, not ours),
But it is something that he was brought to own himself a sinner. “I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood,” (v.4)
One of the vilest sinner is the man who tries to hid his sin. One who plays the hypocrite before men. “Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost.?” Acts 5:3)
One who even endeavors to excuse himself in his own conscience by deceptive reasoning.
There are sins, however whose scarlet hue so blazes in the sunlight that the rankest hypocrite does not attempt to deny them. “Master, is it I? (v.25)
Confession is good, but it is not repentance, must less is it regeneration. Peter command was, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the reemission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Ac.2:38)
Judas seems to have been a person of lower morals, with more of an earthly nature, who became a follower of Christ seeking for earthly gain.
He was not so much attracted by Christ character and teaching as he was with his mighty deeds.
Judas owned the innocence of Christ. Judas knew it was innocent blood that he had betrayed. “It was not an enemy that reproached me…then I could have borne it…it was thou…mine acquaintance” (Ps.55)
It is striking to notice how many of the leading actors in the murder of Christ testify to his merits.
Pilate could find no fault in Christ. The centurion at the cross acknowledged him as the Son of God.
Even Judas the traitor is constrained by his own conscience to own his treason and to vindicate the innocence of his Master.
Many people may have a fair appearance in the distance, but they will not bear close scrutiny. “Know them which labour among you,” (I. Th.5:12)
Those who knew Jesus most intimately, and those who examined him in the most critical moments,were able to discover no flaw in his perfect character. “Found of him, in peace without spot.” II Peter3:14)
Confession of sin and a recognition of the merit of Christ are not sufficient for salvation.
In Judas there were the beginnings of better things but they end in despair and death.
Look at the word “repented,” found in (v.3) here this word merely means “regret” a simple change of feeling, it does not suggest humbled feeling, are a sense of sin are sorrow.
A person may be vexed at the results of his conduct without any recognition of the sin and shame of there conduct. David of old truly repent of his sin. “Have mercy upon me, O God…blot out my transgressions… Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin…For I acknowledge my transgression: and my sin is ever before.” (Psa.53)
Two of the apostolic band openly failed in those hours of testing.
Penitence and remorse are illustrated in their two case.
Peter, through penitence, found recovery.”And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.” (v.75)
Judas, through remorse, found doom. Judas never fled to Christ’s cross; therefore he ran to his own gallows.
The only deliverance from Satan and the doom of sin is to be found in the redemptive work which Christ has wrought on the cross.
Even the murderers of the innocent Saviour come with in the scope of his wonderful grace.”For by grace are ye saved through faith, “ (Eph.2:8)
There would be hope for a Judas, if Judas would turn from his awful sin in true repentance to Christ as his only Saviour. “for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom.10:13)