Pastor’s Letter – May 19, 2020 – Sorrow That Works Death

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Matthew 27:3

Dear Church and Friends,

The story of Judas is not one we often meditate on even during the Easter season. Good things are revealed there as well as bad things. Let’s examine his repentance in light of the Scripture.

When Judas sees that they mean to kill Jesus he repents, but is this a good repentance? Paul writing to the Corinthian church said, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death” (2 Cor 7:10).

Judas takes good steps in his abortive journey back.

  • He repents himself. Our question is whether this is a healthy repentance.
  • He returned the money. Even though he loved money he knew he couldn’t profit from the death of his master.
  • He confessed his sin. Excellent! He was willing to admit his fault but here is where the wheels come off. He confesses to the people he was in league with. They don’t care about his confession.
  • He throws down the silver and goes and hangs himself. Now we know what kind of repentance he had. It was a worldly sorrow because it led to his death.

He only had “the sorrow of the world.” He was sorry he made a mistake. He was sorry Jesus was in jeopardy, but he wasn’t truly repentant. His heart wasn’t broken or humbled. His pride wasn’t shattered nor was his soul contrite. He simply made a miscalculation.

Seek the Lord while he may be found and come before him with a broken heart. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

Music: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.

Prayer Requests: Please pray for Theological Education in Kenya

  • “As the doors of Kenya Baptist Theological College are closed due to governmental measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, please pray for the students who are shepherding churches across Kenya. Ask that they will proclaim the gospel in times of suffering. Pray for them to use creative ways to spread the message of hope we have in Christ. Praise God for one student who went to a local tea village and gave soap, bleach/water cleaner, and other supplies to the residents. Most importantly, he proclaimed the gospel to 70 people!”

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Sunday Morning Worship Resumes (June 14, 2020)

Question 30: Why do very wicked people use the creatures abundantly?

Answer: They do so with the testimony of an evil conscience.

Question 31: Were these punishments too great for eating the forbidden fruit?

Answer: Their sins were not simply the eating of the fruit.

Question 32: Then what properly was their sin?

Answer: Infidelity, pride, and open rebellion to God.

“But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.”

All my best.

Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

Matthew 27:4-5

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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