April 14, 2011 § 3 Comments
The Lenten story is not only about Jesus’ journey to the cross, but also the story about our journey of failure. These two narratives are intrinsically related. On the trail to Jesus’ cross, we see it best illustrated in Judas’ betrayal (Matthew 26:14-16) and Peter’s denial (Matthew 26:69-75). Both are one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. Both are present at the Lord’s supper. But when their following of Jesus were severely tested and the stakes of their discipleship at its highest, they both failed. They remind us that in our following of Jesus there is a very thin line between faithfulness and treachery. There are so many temptations every day that provide us with the justifications to pursue our own interests rather than participating in God’s movement in the world. Especially when following Jesus into the world requires sacrifice on our part. Fortunately, the Lenten season is also a time for repentance, forgiveness, and new beginnings. Even though the lives of Judas and Peter took completely different directions, they both regretted deeply their betrayal and denial of Jesus. We also trust that repentance leads to new beginnings through the cross of Jesus, even for Judas’ like us.