Judas & Peter

Have you ever compared Judas with Peter?

Both men betrayed Jesus.

70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”  74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. (Matt 26)

Peter’s betrayal increased in intensity to become a denial with an oath to God! Right in Jesus’ presence, Peter swore, in the name of God, that he did not know Jesus.

Judas’ betrayal was simpler!  He simply revealed Jesus’ location.

Both men were deeply sorry.

75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. (Matt 26)

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.” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.  (Matt 27)

But not both men were saved.  What was the difference?

10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Cor 7:10)

Denis Oliver