Peter is given a fresh commission, in spite of his own mistakes and weakness. Judas – well he did not stay around long enough to be freshly commissioned.
But think about this – an unresolved personal weakness is where this begins. It ends in suicide, but…
Before he commits suicide he is delivered of his personal weakness. Money no longer holds him as he throws it back to the religious powers. The death of Jesus is a delivering death,and even Judas is an evidence of this.
He takes his own life, but is more free than he realises. What would have happened if he had hung on another day or two? Maybe he could have been like the husband and wife on the way to Emmaus: we thought he would restore the kingdom, and he has been crucified, and now it is the third day (my paraphrase).
Judas might never have lived to experience th third day, but he died experiencing the love of Jesus and the delivering power of Jesus. And yes… I do expect to see him in the age to come.
I am too like Judas – maybe this is why he is one of the 12. Maybe too much of Christianity has modelled itself on Judas. Hidden personal weaknesses – who can we be vulnerable with after all? Personal knowledge that will help establish the kingdom; expecting that we will gain a position as we help Jesus out…
But there is always a fresh opportunity.
Good-bye Judas… yet hoping one day I will say ‘Hello, and glad to meet you – I learnt a lot from you.’