September 26th, 2019
Real Torment Commences in Eternity
Matthew 27:3-5 (KJB) 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, 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
These verses describe the last moments and thoughts at work in the life of Judas. He was filled with fear, and foreboding, and spiritual agony for in his heart he had betrayed Jesus Christ. Not only did he realize this, but his selfish act was condemned.
More importantly. he knew that he had Jesus Christ’s Innocent blood on his hands.
Judas was not the man he portrayed himself to those around him. He looked the part. Wore the right clothes. Hung out with the right crowd. He heard Jesus preach and teach and seemed to be one of Jesus’s inner circle, but in his heart was he really? I think the question can be answered for certain in knowing that satan entered his heart (Luke 22:3) as he prepared to betray Jesus.
After the fact, Judas’s sin was looming large before him and he could not find peace for his anguished soul. He had changed his mind about his choice to betray Jesus, but it was too late to turn back any events that had taken place.
Can I tell you something else important we can learn from the life of Judas? No matter how much effort we may put into trying to understand the depths of despair involved in the life of any person who chooses to take his own life, nothing on this earth will compare to the torment such a lost soul will face in eternity. Whether their living anguish was verbalized or silent, when any person chooses suicide, his or her self-imposed eternal agony will commence upon physical death. In the aftermath of all death, whether it be natural timing of God or from choosing suicide, a physically dead person’s heart condition, saved or lost spiritually speaking, follows him or her to eternity.
Suicide always leaves an aftermath of heartache and deep wounds for remaining family members and close friends, though the Bible does not mention this kind of tremendous grief among others concerning Judas. Why would I tell you something so blunt? We cannot afford to simply gloss the act of suicide. It is important for us to understand the consequences of living a faithless life, the effect of sin and spiritual death. When a person personally knows God, His unconditional love, and anticipates a future knowing for sure he will receive eternal life, there is nothing he or she can do, even in betraying Jesus to death, like Judas, is not beyond the grace and mercy filled reach of God.
Yes, a child of God has hope for his or her tomorrow despite his circumstances.
However, in the life of any soul harboring the darkness of the god of this world, there is no confidence or expectation for his future at work in his heart and mind. He is left with despair, hopelessness, and condemnation. This is why it is easy for a lost soul to seek suicide for he or she has no hope. It is vital to understand that any torment he perceives on this earth is not comparable to what he will face upon electing death and his soul returns to God. Certainly, you will agree that Judas was tormented in his heart over the shedding of the innocent blood of Jesus Christ marring his flesh and lifeless soul.
No situation in this world is ever beyond the reach and unconditional love of God. No person with eternal hope and a heart right with God would choose to end his or her life because of the state of his affairs or in the face of any perceived agony in this world. God tells us repeatedly that trials and tribulations will only make His children stronger and mature. Secondly, the timing of life and death belong to God (Revelation 1:18) and a genuine child of God desires to live in fellowship with God forever not perceiving suicide as a viable option to relieve his or her circumstances. A sincere child of God knows in his heart that only God can bring necessary change and an eternal spiritual transformation.