Matthew 27:3-4 ” 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.’ “

Judas and Simon Peter both betrayed Jesus, but the end results were completely different for each. Judas double-crossed the Lord, but when Jesus was found guilty and sentenced to death, Judas was suddenly filled with regret. He wanted to find a way to undo what had been done…but it was far too late. And so Judas was filled with despair…but it was a worldly sorrow…a selfish dread of the consequences it would cost him… without a trace of true repentance. And as he sunk deeper into self-induced despair, Judas gave up hope. We need to though ask ourselves this question – Would the newly resurrected Lord have forgiven Judas? The obvious answer is Yes, but Judas gave up that chance when he took his own life. But now on to Simon Peter’s betrayal of Jesus, which wasn’t once, or twice, but three times he denied he even knew Him. Peter too was filled with deep despair when the rooster crowed. But his despair drove him to repentance and a turning back to the Lord for forgiveness. And three days later, when he beheld his risen Lord, Peter’s hopelessness and fear melted away and disappeared.

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