From Matthew 27
Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver 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, like so many others who lived during that time, failed to understand the significance of what was about to happen. Seized with remorse, Judas reached a point where he decided to be his own judge, jury, and executioner. He threw the money he was paid into the temple the Bible says, and then he went and hanged himself.
If only he had waited just a few more hours. There was no need for Judas to hang himself because Jesus would soon hang for him. Jesus would soon take the punishment for him, just as He took the punishment for all who put their trust and faith in Him. Judas could have been restored just as Peter was a few days later. He could have been reconciled to God as all of have been because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
We’re all going to mess up at some point. It’s not a matter of if. But when we do, and when we admit our mistake and take ownership of it and bring it to God, that’s it. It’s settled. We don’t have to punish ourselves. In fact, there is nothing we could do to ourselves in the way of punishment that would match the sufficiency of Jesus’s death on the cross. As Jesus said with His dying breath, “It is finished.” All we need to do is accept His forgiveness. The punishment has been meted out. The price is paid. Jesus paid it for us.