"I have sinned by betraying innocent blood" attempted refund & subsequent remorse / Sermon / Pr. Jim Chimirri-Russell / Season Of Lent / Wednesday February 21st 2018 - / Matthew 27:3-10
Each evening in this year’s Lutheran Church Canada WASCANA Circuit Lenten exchange of midweek Services will be focused on people like the High Priest Caiaphas. From unfriendly crowds seeking Jesus’ death, to the Sanhedrin, to Pilate’s Soldiers, to men like Judas Iscariot, the Centurion at the cross, the chief priests and even Pilate’s wife: They all say things that surprisingly hit the nail on the head. The often unwittingly or unintentionally tell the truth of things in a direct and revealing manner. In our Lenten and Holy Week Services we’ll dig into all of these and think about what their words mean to us, to the world, to all people.
Tonight’s Sermon is centred on the words of Judas Iscariot, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” Pastor Jim Chimirri-Russell from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Regina is our guest preacher.
Then when Judas, His betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me.”