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|Judas returns to correct mistake|
Last week we considered the Kidron Valley, both from a historical view and an eschatological view. As I once again consider John 18:1-5, I see others crossing the Kidron Valley with Jesus as he makes his way to Calvary.
I see Peter, James and John walking with Him, and I see Judas not far behind. James and John seem to get lost in the drama, but Peter and Judas (for obvious reasons) stand out. They both prove disloyal. Judas betrays Christ and Peter denies that he even knows Him.
We know that Peter goes on to be one of the greatest leaders Christianity has ever known. We also know that Judas is forever labeled a traitor.
As I consider how each man in this duo handles his failures I am amazed that it is Judas, not Peter, who tries to correct his mistake. Matthew tells us that Judas returns the 30 pieces of silver and admits that he has turned over an innocent man. Ironically, not one scripture mentions Peter going back to the scenes of his denials in an attempt to right his wrongs. So why is Peter such a hero and Judas such a villain?
For the full column, see Page 5A of this week's Citizen.
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Jo Ann Cooper is a United Methodist pastor of the LA Conference.