Another contrast exists between Judas Iscariot and Peter. Jesus chose both these men to follow Him. They walked closely with Him for three years, shared good and bad, worked and learned. But their attitudes were as different as day and night.
Judas reportedly filched money from the kitty, yet complained when Mary poured perfume worth more than a year’s salary over Jesus’ head. Peter was not perfect either, wanting to know how many times he had to forgive his brother, resisting the Master’s foot-washing.
But Judas acted and reacted from selfish motives, while Peter really wanted to know Jesus’ heart. In the end, that made all the difference. When Judas realized he had sinned in betraying God’s Son, he committed his most selfish act by taking his own life. Even though this was foretold in prophetic Scripture, he still made that choice. Peter, on the other hand, wept over his denial of Jesus, but sorrowed toward restoration.
Jesus acted in accordance with all He had been teaching the disciples. His words to the women after His resurrection were: “…go, tell the disciples and Peter…” (Mark 16:7 NIV). He sought out Peter specifically and assured him that not only was he forgiven, he was commissioned to carry on his master’s work.
Easter continues to consist of contrasts.Our society has stooped to the low of pitting spring colors, chocolate and rabbits with the greatest sacrifice ever offered. Let us concentrate our thoughts on Christ’s love and forgiveness, turning our darkness to light.