These two men both denied Christ. One in words and oaths, and the other a betrayal for greed. Christ foretold of both deeds, He knew their weaknesses. One would be handed the keys of the Kingdom, and the other would hang on a tree. Both of them were Apostles, followers of the living God. Why such a different response from both of these men, to their sin. One chose life and forgiveness. The other death and despair. Could it be poor Judas that you thought yourself capable of something bigger than the Almighty. Did you think that you could sin greater, than The Savior Of the World could forgive? Did you see your deed more toxic than God’s mercy could conquer? Is that your blasphemy Judas?
“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.”