Lent Day 12: Tuesday after the Second Sunday in Lent

3 Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” 5 And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. ~ Matthew 27:3 (NASB)

Heavenly Father, Judas Iscariot is the ultimate sinner—his betrayal of Jesus was unimaginable. His sin was premeditated, so he had time to consider what he was doing and repent. However, he followed through and betrayed his Lord, my Lord, then when it was too late, he realized the evil of his actions and tried to undo them. He tried to give the money back to the chief priests and elders, as if returning the money would somehow undo what he had done. He learned, as I have learned, that once committed, sin can’t be undone. Thank You that because of the sacrifice of Jesus, my sin has already been paid for. There are still consequences to my action, but I am forgiven as soon as I repent and call on You. Forgive me, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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