Remorse Of Judas versus Repentance Of Peter

Remorse Of Judas versus Repentance Of Peter

Preacher Huijun - 3 November 2018

Remorse Of Judas versus Repentance Of Peter (Matthew 26:69-27:10)

Scripture References: Matthew 27:1-10, Matthew 26:69-75

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Remorse Of Judas versus Repentance Of Peter

Judas and Peter both fulfilled Jesus’ prediction of their betrayal and denial. They both also seemed remorseful of their failings. But why is it that Judas was condemned but Peter restored? What is the kind of repentance that God is looking for? Peter’s example and other cases in church history has shown us that even if believers failed, there is hope and restoration in Christ; our weaknesses will not damage us forever, if we repent right. May we clearly understand what true repentance is and always be reconciled with God through it.

 


Verses To Read: <Mt 26: 69-27:10>

27:1 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.

The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”


1. The life of Judas – The false believer.

1) Not true repentance, but merely regretted because of the outcome.

  • True repentance is not merely regretting over one or two sins, but the sinful nature of the whole person.

2) Never believed that Jesus is God and Savior.

  • Key difference between true repentance and mere remorse is, the former will drive us to God but the latter, away from Him.

3) No real change while following Jesus.

  • Repentance is not merely recognizing something as sinful, but to reject it, hate it, grieve over it.
  • Money, instead of Christ, has always been Judas’ lord.

4) Are we more like Judas than we think?

  • Desire to fulfil one’s wishes more than desire God.
  • Hidden sin(s).

Mt 26:69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.

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. 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.


2. Peter’s repentance.

1) Peter’s repentance is accepted, because he already belonged to God; he truly believed Jesus.

  • Salvation cannot be earned nor taken away.
  • Saved by Jesus’ intercession and empowered to repent.

2) Peter had godly sorrow.

  • <2 Co 7:10> Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
  • Turned his heart to live for Christ for rest of his life.
  • The more repentant he was, the more he set his mind on loving God and doing His will.

3) Even when believers fail, there is hope of forgiveness and restoration in Christ.

  • Our weaknesses and moments of folly will not damage us forever, if we repent.
  • Evidenced by church history.

 

Preacher Huijun Lin
huijun1910@yahoo.com.sg

Huijun serves as Secretary of The Blessed RUN Ministries. She is also the Preacher at The Life Church and Missions (Singapore). She graduated from Singapore Bible College and currently lives in Singapore with her husband, Chengji.

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