Betrayed Twice

Posted: February 25, 2018 in Luke, Uncategorized

Luke 22:47-62, “Betrayed Twice”

Failure. It happens to all, but for some, it happens in the eyes of all the world. It’s one thing to have a lapse in judgment in private; it’s another to have it on live TV. Worse yet, to have it recorded through 2000 years of history. Such is the case with Judas and Peter. Judas failed, and remained in his failure – his name being a curse to this very day. Though Peter (thankfully) was restored, he’s often ridiculed. “Brash, overconfident Peter!” – as if he talked himself into failure every single day. No doubt, if any of our individual sins were forever recorded in Scripture, we might have something similar said of us!

For Judas & Peter, the night of their greatest failure came the night before the cross. Earlier that night, Jesus had dined with both of them during the Last Supper – the Passover meal in which Jesus showed Himself as the fulfillment of the Passover elements. His own body was the unleavened (sinless) bread broken for the sin of the world – His own blood was the wine of the covenant relationship between God and His people. Judas left at some point during the meal, while Peter remained with the other disciples, and Jesus spoke of all the things that would happen. There was a traitor among the disciples, and Satan desired to do likewise with all of the disciples – these men would need to pray and be on guard, instead of arguing about petty ideas of their own greatness.

Unfortunately, none truly listened to Jesus, and once they were in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was the only one who prayed. Each of them would soon face their own temptation, and Jesus faced His own that night. He gave Himself into the will of His Father, and He alone was prepared for the trials that were just starting to begin. Things will progress very quickly from this point as Jesus goes from His arrest to His multiple trials, and soon to His cross & resurrection.

Although the other two Synoptic gospels (Matthew and Mark) separate the accounts of Judas and Peter, Luke puts them side-by-side. Luke gives us a tale of two men – two disciples of Jesus. History shows that these men could not have been more different, but for a single crucial night, they were almost identical. Both men were disciples – both fulfilled prophecies spoken by Jesus – both failed Jesus publicly. What happened? How did the wheels come off the cart (so to speak) so tragically? What caused both men to betray Jesus in the way they did (one by choice, and the other by weakness)?

As for Judas, it’s already been told to the reader that Satan entered him (22:3), though we may not understand how God could allow it. For Peter, it’s a bit more subtle, as he gives into the weakness that afflicts us all. In either case, we have a cautionary tale that ought to drive us to the foot of the cross! Our only hope is found in the grace of Jesus, the Son of the sovereign God.

Luke 22:47–62

  • Judas’ betrayal (47-53)

47 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him.

  1. The picture is rather dramatic. The “multitude” arrived while Jesus was “still speaking.” The English can make this seem more emphatic than what it is – Luke is simply using the present tense. The point is that these things happened in quick succession. Jesus wasn’t waiting around bored when Judas finally arrived; He was in the middle of waking the disciples warning them to pray right as the crowd arrived. The events of the next hours will happen very quickly…much activity is crammed into a short amount of time.
  2. Luke describes Judas as “Judas, one of the twelve.” Never forget this man had the status of being an apostle appointed to his position by Jesus (Lk 6:16). We tend to write him off as “just” being Judas, but he was a trusted member of the band of the apostles. There were other men and women who followed Jesus on a regular basis, but there were only twelve appointed to their position by the Lord. Judas was one of them.
    1. There’s no illustration of a false convert clearer than Judas! On the outside, he appeared to be like everyone else among Jesus’ disciples. He was even trusted to the extent of having a position of responsibility (holding the money bag). Internally, he was corrupt and rebellious. No amount of Christian-culture saves us – no amount of “ministry” saves us. Either our hearts are transformed by true faith in Jesus, or they aren’t. Only you & Jesus know for sure.
  3. Not only was Judas Iscariot a false convert, he was a false friend. He “drew near to Jesus to kiss Him” in greeting – ultimately identifying Jesus to the multitude as the one to be arrested. The “kiss” was a kiss of friendship – a kiss of esteem. The same word is used by Paul to the Romans when he tells the Christians there to greet one another with a holy kiss (Rom 16:16). For Judas, he was pretending a show of affection while engaging in an act of betrayal.
  4. Unlike Peter, Judas openly acknowledged Jesus, to the point of even showing public affection towards Him through a kiss. Peter pretended he never met the Lord. Yet Judas hated Jesus, while Peter loved Him. Each sin was grievous. Judas sinned against Jesus by pretending to love Him, when he didn’t. Peter sinned against Jesus by pretending to hate Him, while loving Him in secret. They may have been opposites, but they were simply different sides of the same coin.

48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

  1. Jesus saw what Judas was doing, and called him on it. This was an act of supreme hypocrisy (two-faced duplicitousness). The kiss was all a show…an unnecessary one at that. Even if we assume that some of the officers coming to arrest Jesus didn’t know Him by face (which seems unlikely, considering the public nature of Jesus’ ministry, and the fact that several members of the Jewish leadership were present), Judas Iscariot still could have arranged any number of signs to point out Jesus as the one to be arrested. At the very least, Judas could have walked up to Jesus & pointed! Yet he chose to give a kiss. Why? It’s impossible to say, because the Bible doesn’t tell us. Whatever the ultimate reason, it was surely one of the more hurtful acts Judas could have ever committed against his former rabbi/master. No doubt at some point in the past, Judas once considered Jesus a friend. All of that was tossed aside like garbage as Judas kissed Jesus with a mouth like that of a viper.
  2. Question: Would Jesus have been grieved? Absolutely – why not? Of course Jesus wasn’t surprised, being that He had prophesied the entire event. Yet knowing of the sin doesn’t make it less sinful or hurtful. God may not be ruled like His emotions (like we are – an attribute theologians call His impassibility), but God still has The Holy Spirit can be grieved (Eph 4:30) – the Father can be angered (Dt 4:21) – and surely the Son can be offended. No doubt, if any act hurt the heart of Jesus, it was Judas’ kiss.
  3. Note Jesus’ reference to Himself as the “Son of Man.” In the Old Testament, the Son of Man is seen as having all of the power and glory of God. Here, the Son of Man can be betrayed and murdered. …

49 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

  1. Luke seemingly makes an intentional effort to help the apostles remain anonymous. Neither the description of “disciple” is used, nor the title “apostle,” and especially not the name of “Peter.” It is the same pattern found in each of the Synoptics. Only the gospel of John names Peter as the one with the sword. Most likely by the time John wrote, Peter had died, and there was no longer any fear of government reprisal. (The apostles faced enough persecution without worrying about old charges of assault, attempted murder, and sedition coming back to haunt them!)
  2. Earlier, a sword had been found among the apostles (two swords, in fact – 22:38). Now they ask if the time had come to use it. Sadly, they didn’t wait for the answer, and Peter struck without warning. It all goes to demonstrate that the disciples hadn’t understood Jesus’ earlier teaching about the need for a sword. The weapon wasn’t there for assault & conquest – it wasn’t even there to protect against religious persecution – it was there for protection along the road against bandits. Interestingly, never again does the Bible record a weapon raised by the apostles. This one act was enough to make an impact upon them for the rest of their lives.
  3. What does it say about Peter that he raised his sword against those coming to arrest Jesus? He panicked. Peter panicked in the worst way, and it can be seen in multiple ways. (1) He swung a sword of men, rather than trusting in the power of God. The incarnate Son of God was standing right next to him, yet Peter thought Jesus required some sort of physical defense. (2) Peter struck the wrong person. Instead of raising his sword against an arresting soldier, he went against one of the slaves of the high priest. (Of course, this might have saved his life, as a trained guard might have easily defended himself.) (3) When Peter struck, he did so incompetently, coming down on the man’s ear rather than some other lethal strike. All of this goes to show that this was a wild swing at the person closest to him; not an act of deliberation. This was simple panic. Faith had fled the scene, and Peter was acting in fearful desperation.

51 But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

  1. Peter’s panic is contrasted with Jesus’ peace. Jesus had no fear of arrest. This was to be allowed – “permit even this.” Bible translations differ, with the NASB, ESV, NIV & others saying “No more of this.” This is a translation choice, as there is no variation in the Greek manuscripts. The word for “permit” (ἐάω) could be translated either way, although by far its most common usage is “allow,” while the usage for “stop/cease” is rare. Either way, the end result is the same. The disciples were to stop their violence and permit the arrest to continue. All they were doing now was causing trouble.
  2. Why? Because Jesus had to fulfill His mission. How else would the price of sin be paid? How else would the innocent blood of Jesus be shed as a sacrifice for all mankind? If Jesus resisted arrest, then the eternal plan of God would be thwarted, and the universe undone. There would never be atonement – there would never be an answer to the Fall, and the creation would remain forever tainted from its Creator. This was the only way. For Jesus (and the disciples) to resist arrest was to resist the will of God. This was God’s plan, and it had to be fulfilled.
  3. Jesus’ peace continued with the massive crowd that had come to arrest Him. Just as He calmed His disciples, He calmed His enemies. vs. 52…

52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

  1. Note the Jewish references, with no mention of Roman soldiers. While it’s possible that some Romans were present, Luke specifically names the Jews & the temple guards. It is the Jewish leadership that takes Jesus first, because it is the Jewish nation that must first reject Him as Messiah, before they deliver Him over to the Roman Gentiles for death.
  2. Just as He did with Judas Iscariot, Jesus points out their hypocrisy. At any time that week, Jesus could have been arrested in Jerusalem. The only reason it hadn’t happed was because the priests knew they would face opposition from the crowds (22:2). The priests were too afraid to arrest Jesus by day, so they came to arrest Him illegally by night.
  3. As they did, they treated Jesus like a common criminal – like a thief or a “robber” (bandit or revolutionary). The soldiers of the priests had come fully armed, as if they expected some sort of violent resistance. Not once during Jesus’ ministry had He ever demonstrated these tendencies, as He always preached the love of God and openly showed compassion towards others. Yet everything Jesus taught was ignored, and they came against Him in a show of full force.
    1. It was ironic on two levels: (1) There was some violence, brought on by Peter. Thankfully, it was quickly quieted by Jesus. (2) If Jesus had chosen to resist them, then no amount of weapons and no number of soldiers would have been enough to contain Him. The Son of God would have destroyed them all with a single look! The only reason Jesus could be arrested was because He allowed Himself to be arrested.
  4. The reason Jesus allowed it at all was because this was their “” It was the time appointed by God for them. Don’t get the wrong idea. It’s not that God ceded control to them. It’s not that Jesus simply gave up. He surrendered, but He didn’t stop being God. The Father had not stepped off His throne and given up control, allowing Satan to run wild with the universe. At this moment in the eyes of the disciples, things would have appeared to be utter chaos – it would seem as if all holy light was extinguished and the evil of Satan was victorious…it wasn’t. Nothing could be further from the truth. God was just as sovereign in the Garden of Gethsemane as He was on the shore of the Red Sea or when He brought down hailstones upon the enemies of Israel (Josh 10:11). God is always sovereign at all times. This is actually emphasized by the words of Jesus. When He said that this was their “hour and the power of darkness,” He was saying that this was the time appointed/ordained for them by God. If God had not given them that hour, they wouldn’t have any hour. Again, the reason it could happen is because God allowed it to happen.
  5. Take a moment to chew on that. God is sovereign. We can never forget the sovereignty of our God! We may not always be able to explain it, but it is something we never dare forget. Often, it seems that evil is without check in this world and that everything is left to tragic chance. Whether you’re blessed or whether you’re suffering is all randomness, and the events of this life is a giant crap-shoot. Not so! The Bible tells us the opposite. The Bible tells us that God is in control, and that the very real evil that takes place in this world is kept on leash by God. That isn’t to say that evil & sin are God’s perfect will for us (it isn’t!), but He does permit these things to an extent. Think of Job. When Job suffered, it was because God allowed Satan to attack him. Yet even then, Satan’s attacks were limited, being restrained by the merciful protection of God. Did Job understand any of this? No, and he never did. To him, the reason for his suffering remained a mystery. What he learned was Who to trust in the midst of his suffering: the Almighty God who created him and held the universe together by His power.
    1. Likewise here. Here, we know the reason for Jesus’ arrest and subsequent suffering, and in it all, God is in control. Not once does Satan ever gain the upper hand over Jesus. Not through Judas, nor the priests, nor the later Romans. It may seem as if Satan gets in a few punches on God, but he doesn’t. Satan is not able to do a single thing that God does not allow him to do.
  6. This hasn’t changed. Satan is still on his leash. Granted, there is a lot of freedom allowed to him (seen through countless acts of murder, violence, and hatred), but even in this he is still ultimately restrained by God. (Just think for a moment how bad things would be if God the Spirit did not restrain him! 2 Ths 2:6-7) What does that mean for us? How is God’s sovereignty a comfort during times of extreme evil? What kind of comfort did that bring on September 11, 2001 when terrorists flew planes into the twin towers – or more recently, when a gunman murdered 17 teenaged students in their high school? Some acts of evil seem too extreme to have been allowed by God. How can we affirm that God’s sovereignty is valid, and if so, that it is good? (1) It is indeed valid, of that there is no doubt. The sovereign providence of God jumps off every page of the Bible. Even on the worst day of his life, Job affirmed the same truth in a demonstration of incredible faith. Job 2:9–10, “(9) Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” (10) But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” Though Job had lost his wealth, his servants, and (worse of all) his children in a single day, he still had faith in the providence of God. Whether good or bad, it came from the hand of the Almighty. (2) It is indeed good when we understand that God is good. (God is good, all the time!) The sovereignty of God would be terrible if God were evil. A universe in which a malevolent murderous divine dictator ruled would be utterly awful. But that isn’t God. God is good. God is the very definition of goodness, and we only know what good is by looking to God. The Bible affirms that God is love (1 Jn 2:8) – that He is merciful and faithful (Dt 7:9) – that He is just & righteous in every respect. This is His very name: Exodus 34:6–7, “(6) And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, (7) keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.””This is the God who is sovereign – this is the God who is in providential control. Yes, He allows Satan a limited leash – yes, He allows the terrible consequences of sin to fall upon His beloved creation…but He is a good God with a good answer to sin, and we see the beginnings of it right here in the Garden of Gethsemane: the cross. God has a just answer to the sin of the world in the willing sacrifice of Jesus. The guilt and iniquity of the worst of sinners finds its answer in the cross, when the full weight of God’s wrath comes crashing down upon His Son. And those of us who know Jesus in faith know that God’s wrath towards us is fulfilled – we know the sweet forgiveness of God – we know we are right in the palm of His hand. So yes, in His sovereignty is great comfort! Even on our worst days, the very best place for us to be is in the hands of the sovereign God, and that is exactly where our faith in Jesus places us!

Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus in terrible fashion. He used an act of love to commit an act of hate. Even so, this is Judas…we expect it from him. Surely none of the other disciples would sin against Jesus in like manner, right? Wrong. Just as it happened with the worst of the apostles, it happened with the best of them: Peter. Luke goes on to describe the scene. Vs. 54…

  • Peter’s denial (54-62)

54 Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance.

  1. The note about the house of the high priest highlights the illegal nature of the act. Not only was Jesus arrested at night, but His first trial was about to begin at night. There was no time spent in a cell – no time given for cooler heads to prevail or to assemble the full group of the Sanhedrin (some of whom were secret supporters of Jesus). Jesus went straight to the housing complex of the high priest’s family (Annas & Caiaphas), who had already assembled with their group of cronies to engage in a kangaroo court – an illegal railroading of Jesus.
  2. As for Peter, give him credit for following Jesus this far. Initially, all the disciples fled the scene in the garden (Mt 26:56). At least two returned: Peter, and another unnamed disciple (likely John – Jn 18:15). Because that disciple was known by the high priest, Peter was able to gain entrance into the courtyard (Jn 18:16), and that’s where he stayed while Jesus was on trial.
  3. The problem for Peter began not because he followed Jesus to the house, but how he followed Him there: “at a distance.” Already, Peter was separating himself from his Savior, not wanting to be easily associated with Jesus. Not a word was yet spoken, but the denial had already begun.
    1. Something similar takes place with every major fall into sin. No one commits massive sin out of nowhere. It’s not like a Christian walks in holiness all day & is suddenly surprised to find him/herself in some massive moral failing. (Where did this come from?!) It takes several tiny steps to get there. There are a bunch of “minor” decisions that gradually open the door wider & wider for something bigger yet to come. Maybe it’s allowing your eyes to linger on another person that sets the stage for a greater lust. Maybe it’s a little drink on a nightly basis that turns into 2-3 (4,5,6) more. Maybe it’s a habit of little white lies that expands into a lifestyle of deception. Soon enough, those thing blow up into major sin that leaves you reeling. Small decisions matter.

55 Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.

  1. The stage for Peter’s failure continues to be set as he “sat among” the gathered crowd. How so? It’s obviously not sinful to sit in public, but it provides Peter with the opportunity to deny Jesus. Remember that Jesus specifically prophesied that Peter would fail Him in this way: Luke 22:31–34, “(31) And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. (32) But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (33) But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.” (34) Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”” Jesus knew this was going to happen, and although Peter didn’t like it, he knew what Jesus had told him. Yet Peter sat among the crowd anyway. He put himself in a position where the opportunity to fail was possible. Think about it: if Peter didn’t want to publicly deny Jesus, he shouldn’t have been in public. He could have sat by himself in silence – he could have found some way to muzzle his mouth or do anything else not to have to speak. Instead, Peter put himself right in the middle of a crowd. People are making conversation all around him, all focused on the Man who had been arrested and put on trial in the house just inside…eventually Peter is going to be expected to say something. He set himself up to fail.
    1. The same progression happens with us. Once we start making allowances for “small” sin, we often put ourselves into positions that are dangerous. If someone is prone to drunkenness, where’s the last place they ought to be? The bar. If someone is prone to pornography, and of the last things they need is unaccountable alone time on the internet. Name the sin, and there are always situations that can be avoided, if people want to avoid them. We simply need to understand our own tendencies to fail. Peter thought himself to be invincible, and that was one of the first of his many problems.

56 And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, “This man was also with Him.” 57 But he denied Him, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.”

  1. The first denial takes place in response to the intense interrogation…of a servant girl. How tragic! How humiliating! For all of Peter’s bravado – for all of his resistance against Jesus’ prophecy – Peter absolutely crumbles at the first opportunity. He honestly believed himself strong enough to hold up under massive attack, being ready to suffer unto death. Yet at the piercing gaze of a young girl, the mighty apostle is crushed.
  2. Be careful not to ridicule! Beware not to think ourselves better. If it could happen to Peter, it could happen to any of us. Remember that Peter had incredible successes: he alone of the apostles had faith to walk on water – he was the first to speak up in confession that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God – he was one of three apostles included in Jesus’ inner circle of His most-trusted. Peter had massive success as an apostle up until this night. Yet it was on this night of darkness that he experienced failure after failure. First he swung the sword in the garden, and then he failed with the three-fold denial.
    1. How did it all begin? This apostle of faith chose not to exercise faith. Instead of believing Jesus at His word as to what would happen, Peter foolishly thought he knew better. Combined with his series of missteps, it all led to massive failure. Again, this is something that can happen to any of us. Believe Jesus! Take Him at His word, and rely upon His Spirit & power. Reliance upon ourselves will always lead to disappointment…without Jesus, we can do nothing.

58 And after a little while another saw him and said, “You also are of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59 Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” …

  1. The denials continue, each one more emphatic than the last. And Peter kept compounding his sin the whole time. Not once during the hour-plus did he leave the campfire. He never got himself out of the situation – he never took time aside to confess and pray – he never even sought out the help of the one other apostle who was there. Peter thought he could handle this on his own, and he ended up digging a bigger hole for himself. Faced with clear evidence and accusations that he was indeed a follower of Jesus, Peter dug in his heels on his deception. He failure was obvious to everyone…everyone, except himself.
  2. Again, we can easily relate. We get ourselves into similar circumstances when despite all evidence & mounting consequences, we keep attaching ourselves to our sin. We go deeper & deeper into it, all the while our consciences screaming against us telling us to stop. What should we do? Stop! It may be embarrassing – it may even be emotionally painful – but it’s the only thing to do. The first rule of holes: stop digging. Just stop the sin. Make the tough decision to surrender yourself to God at that very moment. It may seem impossible, but it is the very best thing you can do. Guaranteed, it is the only thing that will bring healing (1 Jn 1:9). We simply have to be willing to do it.

… Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 62 So Peter went out and wept bitterly.

  1. For every sequence of sin in the life of a Christian, there comes a moment of sober clarity. For Peter, it came the instant the rooster crowd and he looked into the eyes of Jesus. Can you imagine?
    1. One of the problems we as Christians have when we sin is that we forget that Jesus does We might not be looking into His eyes at that very moment, but one day we will.
  2. How terrible the bitter grief that followed!


There were two betrayals of Jesus that night, both by His apostles, but only one by a friend. God was sovereign over both, but each man was responsible for his own actions. Judas was prophesied to betray Jesus, but he chose to do it in the most hateful way possible. Peter was prophesied to deny his Master & friend, yet chose to ignore the warning and set himself for failure. Eventually, both men suffered immensely. Peter was stricken with grief that very night, whereas Judas Iscariot was later tortured by his inner demons & ended up committing suicide. The consequences for sin are severe, both in the near & far.

For as similar as the actions of these two men might have been that night, the long term results could not have been more different. Why? Their relationships with Jesus. Judas abandoned whatever love for Jesus he had, if he had any at all; Peter’s love for Jesus was rekindled and restored. It’s impossible to read the many accounts of Peter’s denial of Jesus & his weakness the night prior to the cross without remembering the event that took place a mere 50 days later when he boldly witnessed of Jesus on the streets of Jerusalem. Acts 2:36–39, “(36) “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (37) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (38) Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (39) For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.””

Is that the same man who crumbled before a slave girl & a campfire crowd? Yes & no. Physically, he was the same; spiritually he was reborn! After the campfire was the cross – after the cross was the resurrection – after the resurrection was Jesus’ forgiveness, and cleansing, and empowerment by the Holy Spirit. After Jesus’ resurrection, Peter became a new man & was restored, never the same again. Would there be struggles? Yes – but there was the assurance of his relationship with Christ.

So it is with us! We have struggles and sin of our own. We have failed Jesus in our own way. Maybe you (like Peter) have denied Him in your public witness. Maybe you’ve denied Him privately, not understanding He still sees. Whatever your failing, you can look back and see the many small decisions that led to this point, and you’re grieved. You’ve wept your own bitter tears & your heart is crushed.

Christian, there is forgiveness in Jesus! Oh how glorious the cleansing and restoration He offers, and has made freely available to us! Stop your sin, confessing it to the Lord, and drink deeply of His grace! It is humbling, but in it is healing. Take what your Lord has to offer, and remember your utter reliance upon Him.

Maybe you’re not in the position of Peter, but more that of Judas. Your sin against Jesus wasn’t a denial of love, but an expression of hatred. You’ve rebelled against God, no matter what appearances may have seemed on the outside. Know this: you have an opportunity that was lost on Judas…you can still be forgiven! Judas robbed himself of the chance when he took his own life, but without question the cross of Christ would have been sufficient for his sin as well. The cross of Jesus is sufficient for you, too! There is no sin you’ve committed that cannot be forgiven by God. Put your faith in Jesus, and your sins can be remitted…just respond to His call.

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