“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight” (Psa.19:14)
JUDAS ISCARIOT – He had the shock of his life!
Judas was expecting a miracle – ‘Jesus would free himself before they nail him to the cross’ – And he can keep the 30 pieces of silver and enjoy the money. He was watching everything that was going on Mount Golgotha. He never understood God’s plan behind the crufixion of His only begotten Son.
Oh! Everything went wrong in the plan of Judas, to make some money!
Fear gripped his heart.
Sometime ago, when he heard that Jesus was condemned to death, he realised what a mistake and a grave sin he had committed! He had betrayed an innocent man, his teacher, his Lord. Till then, the tinkling of the coins in his bag was music to his ears. And now, that began to scare him like the roar of a Lion! It resounded in his ears “You are guilty! You are guilty!”
Those ‘cool’ metal pieces felt like ‘hot’ burning coals.
He ran back to the High Priest and to his men, hoping to erase the sinful path he had treaded so far.
“Here, take your money!”
He threw those silver coins on to the floor as quickly as possible expecting to be relieved of the guilt immediately (Mathew: 27:5). But those glittering coins appeared like the bare teeth of a devil laughing at him. He told them that he had repented for his mistake.
They said: “Why do we care now, our work is done. It is your burden of sin. You asked for it. Go away!”
His repentance could find no sympathy in any of them. Nobody showed mercy to him. Nobody comforted him like his master, who once called out, “Oh! Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”(Mt. 11:28). He remembered the criminal crucified along with Jesus, even he got his sins forgiven. He will be in Paradise with him (Luke. 23:43). He ran hither and thither! Oh what now! There. .! This innocent man finally died on the cross!!
Confused in the mind, heavily burdened in the heart, he ran away – away from the CROSS!
At last, he felt that the only way out for him from this guilty feeling was on that lonely tree –
There, He hung himself to death!
SIMON PETER – He had the shock of his life!
The cock crowed…. a second time!
Jesus, his master, had told Peter: “even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.” (Mk.14:30). A chill ran up his spine!
“Am I such a spineless- man” – He thought, “I could not stand up to my promise.”
Earlier he had told Jesus, that he will not leave him and go away even if all the others leave Him.Now, inside the palace, in front of that maid of the High Priest’s house (Mark. 14:66-68). . .
He had denied Jesus and said: “No, I know not” and came out running.
He heard the natural time keeper, the cock, crowing. There, in the porch, when the maid came around, and saw him again and said: “this is, one among them,” he had said: “No, I know not.” After a while, yet another man identified him as a Galilaean. He had repeated: “No, I know not this man”
And there, from the Palace, JESUS turned and looked at him (Lk. 23:61).
His heart broke. Tears rolled down his cheeks, and he wept (Mk.66 to 72). He wept bitterly! (Lk.22:62). He repented! He knew His Master loved him. Silently he prayed “Lord forgive me, the flesh is weak.” And in the spirit he heard his master saying: “Your sins are forgiven; go in peace!”
He gathered himself and left the place only to follow his Master’s footsteps throughout his life. He ministered to Him all the days of his life and died as a martyr.
Jesus was crucified with his head up. Peter said I am no way equal to my Master, crucify me head down.
He too died on the cross. He suffered the pain, but never denied His Master again.
God gave him the courage to face it. He gave him ‘the keys of the kingdom of HEAVEN.’ (Mathew 16:19)
IF YOU FIND SOMEONE with a broken heart, heavily laden with the burden of sin, do not lead him or her to any man. He can do nothing. If he or she needs a friend to give relief from the load of sin.
Lead to the cross of JESUS, the Savior; He will forgive his or her sins. He or She will find a New Life.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee, Thou wilt find a solace there!
Author – C. Samuel Gift (Bethel Seniors Fellowship, Bethel AG Church, Bengaluru)