Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:20–25
A. We don’t often think of Judas and Peter in the same light, but the fact is that there are many similarities between them.
B. If this is the case, how did they meet such very different ends?
I. There are many similarities between Peter and Judas.
A. Both were disciples of Jesus who witnessed His marvelous words and works (Matthew 13:16–17).
B. Jesus trusted both of these men with important responsibilities (Matthew 10:8; John 12:6; 13:29; Matthew 26:38–40).
C. Both occasionally spoke foolishly (John 12:5; Matthew 17:4).
D. Their actions had been foretold (Zechariah 13:7; Psalms 41:7).
E. Both regretted their actions (Matthew 27:3–4; 26:75).
II. Their lives turned out very differently.
A. Peter’s sorrow led to repentance; Judas’ sorrow led to death (cf. 2 Corinthians 7:10).
B. Judas fell (Acts 1:25), whereas Peter was exalted (Acts 2:14; 15:7).
C. Judas bought a field with blood (Matthew 27:3–6; Acts 1:19); Peter saved men with it (1 Peter 1:18–19).
D. Judas ended in disgrace (Acts 1:25), Peter in glory (1 Peter 4:12–16; 5:1–11).
E. Judas admitted the devil (Luke 22:3; John 13:2); Peter admitted the Holy Spirit (John 20:22; Acts 2:4).
A. You can’t find any two men so close together end up so far apart.
B. No matter what happens in your life, don’t ever let Satan get a foothold in your heart (James 4:7–8).