February 22, 2024     4:35 pm
113. Week of Forth Sunday in Lent - Sunday
Judas hangs himself
          Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil   Ephesians 6:11
          On the dawn of Friday morning the Chief Council convened again to devise some concerted action in bringing this matter concerning Jesus before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate; for their verdict had to be confirmed by him, and he must order the execution to take place. And then Jesus was bound and taken to Pontius Pilate, into the Hall of Judgment.- When Judas, who had betrayed his Master saw that He was condemned, he repented of his evil deed, took the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders from whom he had received them, and said: "I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood," whereupon they said: "What is that to us? You see to that."  And he cast the pieces of silver down in the Temple and went and hanged himself.- And the chief priests took the silver pieces and said: "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood."  And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field to bury strangers in. Therefore that field was called, the Field of Blood. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value, and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me," Zech. 11:12,13. Such was the frightful end of Christ's betrayer. In desperation he "went to his own place."  Guard your soul, O Christian, against consenting to do any sin whatsoever. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For how does the devil go about it? First he makes sin appear sweet, small, trifling, and easy. He then leads man from one sin into another, blinding him and hardening his conscience. And finally, when he has reached the utmost stage, he bawls at him: "You are lost!"  and drives him to utter despair. Withstand the first temptation, O Christian! Arm yourself with the Word of God! And if ever you have fallen, flee to Jesus at once. He receives you and forgives your iniquity and helps you, according to the firm assurances of His Word.
          PRAYER: - Keep me from the devil's wiles, O my Lord and Saviour I cannot keep myself. Put on me Your whole armour. Arm me with Your Word and the Holy Spirit, and give me Your strength. When I have sinned, draw me to You in penitence and faith, and forgive my sin, and satisfy me with the comfort of Your salvation. And when my last hour comes, grant me a blessed end. Amen.

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