Summary: Peter and Judas both failed during the Passion of Christ. But the result was really different. Here's why.
Passage: Matthew 27:1-10
Intro: There are few more dishonorable people than Judas Iscariot
1. when is the last time you heard of a baby named Judas?
2. he comes and goes in this ongoing drama, and here he finally goes.
3. I find it very interesting that this event is found right after Peter’s denial.
4. there are a lot of similarities and one powerful difference.
5. happened nearly two thousand years ago, but it is personally relevant to each of us.
6. let’s compare Judas’ actions and response to those of Peter we saw last week.
7. and find Peter’s hope
I. Both Had Plans That Went Wrong
1. last week we saw in verses above, Peter just hanging out, trying to be brave.
2. got called out, reacted in fear and started to lie.
3. he didn’t plan for it to happen, but it did
4. while he was weeping, the Jewish leaders were at work.
5. v1, “early in the morning”, probably after dawn, so it could be “legal”
6. took a vote, decided together to kill Jesus for his crime of blasphemy
7. under Roman rule, could not execute Him themselves, but that worked in their favor.
8. they could hide behind the technicality that they themselves were not guilty of his blood, since they did not actually kill him.
9. and they could avoid trouble with the Romans that a stoning/riot would certainly cause.
10. they could keep their hands clean (so they thought) by turning him over to the Romans
11. same word in v2 “turn him over” as “betray”
12. had that been Judas’s plan? NO
13. this wasn’t supposed to happen!
14. and neither was Peter planning on swearing that he had never laid eyes on Jesus before!
15. I’m not sure what Judas was planning; what he wanted.
16. just the money? Or maybe to force Jesus to demonstrate power to release Himself from the Jews.
17. but as sinful plans do, things get out of our control.
II. Both Were Devastated by the Events
Il) The Darwin Awards, “Barrel Ride with Flames” I didn’t mean for anyone to get hurt.” That’s regret
1. and that’s what Judas experienced.
2. v3, when he saw what happened, he was horrified.
3. word means to regret an action, to “care after”, to wish you could take it back.
4. and he tried to take it back by returning the 30 pieces of silver he had been given.
5. if it were only that easy to undo mistakes.
6. he confessed to the sin of putting innocent blood in jeopardy.
7. this was a very serious sin.
8. here is one example
9. this was a terrible sin, with the same penalty as blasphemy.
Il) worst kings of Israel charged with this crime. “Fill the land with innocent blood”
10. and Judas did everything he could to “take it back.”
11. he begged the elders and chief priests to help him out, but they would not let him off the hook.
Il) “not our problem” They had used him and were done with him.
12. he knew Jesus was innocent of any wrongdoing, and that he had committed a crime that he could not undo.