March 20 – Remorse Is Not Repentance

“Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” – Matthew 27:3-4 (NASB)

Passion Week which ends with Resurrection Sunday approaches and we might consider the will of God in the tragic events that took place. Especially in regard to the “son of perdition.” (John 17:12). Judas the betrayer was known in the mind of God from ages past. We believe that all whom God has chosen will believe on Jesus as Lord and Savior and be saved. None of those chosen by the Father and given to the Son will be lost. Jesus said that Judas would go just as it is written about him. In our verse today, Judas is said to feel remorse for his act of betrayal. Judas felt the sting of his own guilt, but this was not genuine repentance. His plan had not worked out and he felt betrayed by the chief priests. He had been their tool to accomplish their evil plan. There is a godly sorrow that leads to repentance, but Judas’ remorse was of a different kind, as demonstrated by his suicide. Judas was to perish just as it was determined for him. Not a pleasant promise for Judas but he was a part of the blessed promise of our salvation.