“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He [Jesus] had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders…” -Matthew 27:3 (NKJV)
The human condition is fraught with bad choices. We make mistakes, we speak when we should be silent, we act without thinking or act on what we believe to be true even if just imagined. Judas, one of Jesus’ closest friends, made a bad choice. We can speculate why. Was it really the money? Was it his zeal to start the revolution? No one really knows, but in the end, he knew that he had made an irreversible mistake. He didn’t know that it wasn’t unforgivable. Jesus was hurt by Judas’ betrayal, but He was killed by divine design, fulfilling prophecy and saving the world. We all make bad choices that can lead to irreparable consequences, but because of what Christ did in His tomb, we need not carry burdens of guilt and shame to our grave.