Because Jesus died on the cross there is now someone standing beside us in our wrongdoing, whispering to God “Father forgive them.” Now there is a permanent sacrifice on the altar every time we need cleansing, ready to be offered to God. And not just any sacrifice, a perfect, blameless one that is instantly accepted in place of the wrath we so deeply deserve.
There are numerous reasons why Peter wants nothing to do with Jesus during this dark time. And there is always a litany of reasons for us to reject Jesus on a daily basis.
The thing that strikes me most in this moment with Judas is that Jesus died for him, too. He died for all of us, no matter the sins we’ve committed
He did something wrong, multiple things wrong, yet once he repents, God forgives him. And more than that God forgets it. He chooses him to be anointed, to be king, to be a mighty warrior, a writer of Psalms, even though he knew David would commit such a horrible series of acts. And he calls us to do the same: forgive and accept forgiveness.