Matthew 27:3-4 ” When Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. ‘I have sinned,’ he said, for I have betrayed innocent blood.’ “

When the guilty sentence was handed down for Jesus to be crucified, Judas wasn’t prepared for that. Maybe he thought Jesus would just get a slap on the wrist or be thrown into prison. Either way, when Judas heard that Jesus’ life was going to be violently and forcibly taken from Him, it says he was seized with remorse. But the Greek word for that phrase is interesting and not what you’d think. The type of remorse written about here has no change of heart or turning back to God connected to it. Sure there’s a wish that what had been done could somehow be undone…but it’s a selfish remorse… and a dread of the consequences to come. For at that terrible moment, Judas knew he also had been condemned through his own selfish actions.

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