We encounter crossroad (intersections) on the way to the cross.
- Intersections are points of decision. Jesus has a way of meeting us at our at these points of decision. We find this continuity in the book of Mark where encounters with Jesus compel people into action.
- We find this example in the story of Judas’ denial. Judas is confronted with a decision but this decision is hazed by his misperception. He expresses remorse but it doesn’t lead him to repentance. Rather, it leads him to regret, which culminated to suicide.
Peter vs Judas
- Both Peter and Judas were friends of Jesus
- Both were called to be one of His twelve apostles.
- Both spent three years with Jesus.
- Both learned from Jesus.
- Both were warned about their trespasses.
- Both trespassed against Jesus.
Judas in Matt 27:3-5 expresses remorse and we know how it ended for him.
“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it! ” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.” Matthew 27:3-5 NKJV
Now let’s contrast with Peter.
“A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.” Mark 14:66-72 NKJV
Both Peter and Judas felt remorse.
However, remorse is the feeling of guilt. Repentance is what we do with it. The difference between Peter and Judas was the response. Tune in…