Communion Meditation — Matthew 27:3-5 — Allowing Christ to Forgive us

“Get out of your own way.”  That motto greeted me early on morning on Twitter. It’s true. Sometimes we need to get out of our way to receive God’s grace.

Do you believe you can be your own worst enemy? It is possible. Listen to this account of Judas’ downfall in Matthew 27:3-5:

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders.  “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” 

“What is that to us,” they replied.  “That’s your responsibility.”

So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Judas was his own worst enemy.  It was not just because he betrayed Jesus that he was his own enemy.  Jesus had predicted in Matthew 26:31 that all his hand-chosen disciples would fall away.  Judas was his own worst enemy, since he chose to be fallen and not forgiven.

As we approach the Lord’s table ask yourself this:  Am I stubbornly staying fallen or am I willingly receiving Jesus’ forgiveness?  Jesus would forgive you if you ask. ­­­

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