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Daily Devotion – Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday, March 22
Matthew 27:3-5 

When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.  He said, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”  Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself.

“Oh, dear Judas, why ever did you lose hope?”

Over and over again, people come to my office, close the door, and weep.  Almost always they say something like, “Pastor, you are never going to believe what I am about to tell you.  When you hear it, you will never respect me again.”

Oh, poor Judas…

Never are our sins so bad that we can’t be redeemed.  Never!

If only Judas had remained a bit longer, stood at Calvary and stared into Jesus’ eyes.  If only he could have heard Jesus say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Oh, poor Judas, if only he could have listened, if only he could have heard what I pray we all hear week after week…“In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins.  Amen.”

Pastor Wilbert Miller