“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
The Two Saddest Words
(Please read Matthew 27:3-5 and Acts 1:18)
The man who had greedily eyed the disciples’ treasury, the man who was a son of perdition, the man whose heart was inhabited by Satan and whose name has become a synonym for treachery -– this Judas would have liked to undo his monstrous crime. But he fell headlong into the unbending verdict of ”too late.”
Is it possible that we can read of such cases as this without being stirred and shaken from our lofty perches of indolent postponement? Could you have listened to the story of the rich man and Lazarus as it was told by the Master and then calmly returned to a life of good intentions and nothing else? Sadness is there aplenty in Abraham’s pronouncements to the rich man that his opportunities were all gone and that he could now save neither himself nor his brothers (read Luke 16:19-31). The “land of beginning again” made popular in song and story is not revealed in the scriptures. Rather they teach that after death there is no chance for repentance, “as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27, NASB).
Consider Governor Felix, who told Paul, “Go away for the present, and when I find time, I will summon you” (Acts 24:25). In the absence of evidence to the contrary, it seems likely that Felix must have put off his decision until too late –- like the innumerable millions since his time who thought a lot about serving the Lord but just never did get around to it.
Today is all we are sure we have. May God help us to live as if it were our last day. It may be.