Why Jesus Was Betrayed by Judas Iscariot
Judas Iscariot sealed his own fate from the minute he planted a kiss on Jesus of Nazareth in the Garden of Gethsemane: he would go down in history as the world’s most renowned traitor. The identification of Jesus by the Jewish authorities, on the other hand, set in motion a series of events that would become the cornerstones of the Christian faith: Jesus’s arrest and trial, his crucifixion, and ultimately his resurrection, all of which are collectively known as the Passion of Christ. WATCH: JESUS: A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Vault In light of how little we truly know about Judas Iscariot from the Bible, he continues to be one of the most enigmatic–and important–figures in Jesus’s life narrative to this day.
Who Was Judas Iscariot? What We Know from the Bible
Despite the fact that the Bible provides little details concerning Judas’s upbringing, he is listed as one of Jesus’ closest disciples, or apostles, in all four of the New Testament’s canonical gospels. Intriguingly, Judas Iscariot is the only one of the apostles who is (possibly) identified by his hometown in the Bible, which is a unique distinction. Some academics believe that his surname “Iscariot” is derived from the town of Queriot (also known as Kerioth), which is located south of Jerusalem in the Judean Hills.
The northern section of Israel, or Roman Palestine, is where Jesus hails from.
However, there is nothing in the Bible that links Judas to the Sicarii, and the Sicarii were only discovered to be active after Judas’ death.
Because people are always attempting to justify why he would have done anything like this.
At the Last Supper, Jesus announced his betrayal to the assembled guests. Judas is seen sitting on the other side of the table from where the action is taking place. Images courtesy of David Lees/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images
Possible Motives for Judas Iscariot’s Betrayal
According to the Gospel of John, Jesus revealed to his followers over the Last Supper that one of them would betray him if they didn’t repent of their actions. In response to their question, Jesus responded, “It is the person to whom I offer this piece of bread after I have dipped it in the dish.” Later, Judas, who was recognized as the “son of Simon Iscariot,” was given a piece of bread that had been dipped in a dish by the apostle. “Satan came into Judas when he received the piece of bread,” the Bible says.
The Gospel of Luke, like the Gospel of John, attributed Judas’ treachery to Satan’s influence rather than simple avarice, as was the case in the Gospel of John.
In the words of Cargill, “there have always been some who have sought to attach Judas’s treachery to the fact that he had a love of money.” Others have speculated that his disloyal behavior was motivated by a greater political purpose.
Alternately, according to Cargill, Judas (along with Jewish authorities at the time) might have perceived a rebellion as potentially dangerous for the Jewish people in general, similar to what happened when Rome destroyed Sepphoris earlier in the first century: “Maybe he decided to hand Jesus over, in effect, to put a stop to a larger rebellion.” More information may be found at: Why Did Pontius Pilate Order Jesus’ Execution?
What Happened After That
No matter what his motivations were, Judas led troops to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he recognized Jesus as the Messiah by kissing him and addressing him as “Rabbi.” (Matthew 14:44–46) As recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, Judas instantly repented of his conduct and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the church’s treasurer, declaring, “I have sinned by betraying the blood of innocent men and women.” When the authorities dismissed Judas, he left the money on the floor and committed himself by hanging himself from the ceiling fan (Matthew 27:3-8).
- The Bible contains several different versions of Judas’s death.
- The Book of Acts, on the other hand, portrays his death as more akin to a spontaneous combustion than anything else.
- As a result, he proceeded into a field, where he “fell headlong into the center of it and burst asunder, with all his guts gushing out” as a result of “falling headlong into it” (Acts 1:18).
- Because of Judas’ treachery, Jesus was arrested, tried, and executed by crucifixion, following which he was raised from the dead.
- However, the name “Judas” came to be associated with betrayal in a variety of languages, and Judas Iscariot would come to be depicted as the prototypical traitor and false friend in Western art and literature as a result.
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Was Judas Really That Bad?
According to Joan Acocellawrote in The New Yorker in 2006, “the most essential aspect about Judas, aside from his betrayal of Jesus, is his association with anti-Semitism.” Judas has been held up as a symbol of Jews by Christians almost since Christ’s crucifixion, representing what they believe to be the Jewish people’s deviousness and thirst for money, among other ethnic vices.” Due to the historical inclination to associate Judas with anti-Semitic stereotypes, following the horrors of the Holocaust, this significant Biblical figure has been given a second look, and his image has even been somewhat restored in some quarters of the world.
When writing about Judas in 1997, Canadian biblical historian Professor William Klassen asserted that many elements of his betrayal had been fabricated or embellished by early Christian church leaders, particularly as the Church began to drift away from Judaism.
What Is the Gospel of Judas?
It was revealed in 2006 by the National Geographic Society that a long-lost document known as the “Gospel of Judas” had been discovered and translated. The text is thought to have been composed about A.D. 150 and subsequently transcribed from Greek into Coptic in the third century, according to historians. The Gospel of Judas was first mentioned in writing by the second-century cleric Irenaeus, and it is one of a number of ancient texts that have been discovered in recent decades that have been linked to the Gnostics, a (mostly Christian) group who were denounced as heretics by early church leaders for their unorthodox spiritual beliefs.
According to this version of the story, Jesus begged Judas to betray him to the authorities so that he may be released from his physical body and fulfill his mission of redeeming people on earth.
Getty Images/Universal History Archive/Universal Image Group Despite the fact that it is a well-known piece of literature, the Gospel of Judas is surrounded by controversy, with some scholars claiming that the National Geographic Society’s version is a faulty translation of a Coptic text and that the public was misled into believing it depicted a “noble Judas.” According to whatever interpretation you choose, given that the Gospel of Judas was written at least a century after both Jesus and Judas died, it offers little in the way of historically reliable information about their lives, and certainly does not provide the missing link to understanding Judas Iscariot”s true motivations.
As Cargill points out, “the fact is that we don’t know why Judas did what he did.” “Of course, the great irony is that without it, Jesus would not have been delivered up to the Romans and executed.
The Crucifixion is the key component of Christianity, because without Judas, there is no Resurrection.”
Chapter 33: The Last Supper and the Betrayal
- The first day of the Passover Festival. — For many years, there has been heated debate concerning the date of the Passover feast during the week after the death of our Lord. His crucifixion occurred on Friday, the day before the Jewish Sabbath, and His resurrection occurred three days later. The fact that Jesus was crucified on a Sunday, the day after the Jewish Sabbath, are facts attested to by the four Gospel-writers. We may deduce from the three synoptists that the final supper took place in the evening of the first day of unleavened bread, and so at the start of the Jewish day of Friday. According to Matthew 26:2, 17, 18, 19, and comparable texts, Mark 14:14–16
- Luke 22:11–13
- As well as Luke 22:7, 15, the Lord’s final supper was considered as a passover feast by Himself and the apostles, according to Matthew 26:2, 17, 18, 19. John, on the other hand, who wrote after the synoptists and who, as indicated by the supplementary nature of his testimony or “Gospel,” is likely to have had their writings before him, informs us that the last supper, at which Jesus and the Twelve shared a meal together, took place before the Feast of the Passover (John 13:1, 2), and that the Jews refrained from entering the Roman hall of judgment on the following day, Friday, lest they be defiled and thus (18:28). In addition, it should be noted that the name “Passover” was used in common parlance to refer not only to the day or season of observance, but also to the feast itself, and in especially to the killed lamb that was used (Matthew 26:17
- Mark 14:12, 14, 16
- Luke 22:8, 11, 13, 15
- John 18:28
- Compare1 Corinthians 5:7). It is also stated in John’s gospel that “the preparation of the passover” occurred on the day of the crucifixion (19:14), and that the following day (Saturday, the Sabbath) “was a high day” (verse 31), i.e., a Sabbath made doubly sacred because it was also a feast day. Much has been written in an attempt to explain what appears to be a disparity between the two. The student might use Smith’sComprehensive Bible Dictionary, article “Passover,” Edersheim’sLife and Times of Jesus the Messiah, pages 480–82 and 566–68, and Farrar’sLife of Christ, Appendix, Excursus 10 for concise summaries of opinions and concise arguments on this subject. It is sufficient to mention here that the apparent discrepancy can be explained by any of a number of other assumptions. As a result, the Passover alluded to by John, and for which the priests were desirous of eating in order to keep themselves free from Levitical contamination, may not have been the supper at which the paschal lamb was eaten, but rather the additional meal, the Chagigah, which is quite likely. Eventually, this latter dinner, whose meat portion was marked as a sacrifice, came to be considered with reverence on a par with that accorded to the paschal supper. Secondly, many authorities on Jewish antiquity believe that two nights were dedicated yearly to the paschal observance, during which the lamb could be eaten on either of the nights, and that this extension of time had been made in consideration of the increased population, which necessitated the ceremonial slaughtering of more lambs than could be slain on a single day
- And in this connection, it is interesting to note that Josephus (Wars, ii) claims that the paschal lamb was eaten In the same line, Josephus writes that the lambs were to be slaughtered between the ninth and eleventh hours of the night (3 to 5 p.m.). It is possible that Jesus and the Twelve took part in the Passover feast on the first of two evenings, and that the Jews who feared contamination the following day delayed their observance until the second, according to this account. Third, it is possible that the Lord’s last paschal supper was eaten earlier than the hour of universal observance since He was aware that night would be His last in earthly existence. Some adherents of this viewpoint interpret Jesus’ word to the man who donated a room for the final supper, “My time is at hand,” (Matthew 26:18), as implying a specific urgency for the commemoration of the passover by Christ and the apostles before the regularly scheduled day. Some scholars believe that a one-day inaccuracy had slipped into the Jewish calendar, and that Jesus celebrated the Passover on the correct day, while the Jews were one day behind the Jewish calendar. According to the Bible, if “the preparation of the passover” (John 19:14), which occurs on Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, refers to the slaughtering of the paschal lambs, then our Lord, the real sacrifice for which all previous altar victims had been but prototypes, died on the cross while the passover lambs were being slaughtered at the temple. Did Judas Iscariot partake of the Lord’s Supper? — Did Judas Iscariot partake of the Lord’s Supper? The limited descriptions we have of the happenings at the last supper do not provide a definitive solution to this question. Only inference, not conclusion, is possible in the best of times. Following the accounts recorded by Matthew and Mark, the Lord made the news that there was a traitor among the Twelve early in the course of the supper, and the Sacrament was instituted a short time after that. Following the administration of the sacramental bread and wine, according to Luke, the prediction of betrayal is made to the people. There is universal agreement among synoptists that the Lord’s Supper was delivered before the regular meal had ended, even though the Sacrament had been clearly designated as a separate and distinct element. It is clear from John’s account (13:2–5) that the washing of feet took place after dinner was over, and there is solid cause to believe that Judas was washed with the rest (verses 10, 11), and that he afterwards (verses 26–30) walked out into the night in order to betray Jesus. While the act of delivering a “sop” to Judas (verses 26 and 27) appears to be contradictory with John’s declaration that the supper itself had concluded before the washing of feet was completed, it does not appear to be so uncommon as to be a source of astonishment for those who witnessed it. Many believe that Judas was not permitted to participate with the other apostles in the holy ordinance of the Sacrament because of his utter baseness
- Others believe that he was permitted to participate as a possible means of compelling him to abandon his evil purpose, even at such a late hour, or of filling his cup of iniquity to overflowing with vengeance. On the basis of the most recent notion, the writer’s personal perspective is expressed. — In a revelation given on December 27, 1832, the commandment of washing one’s feet was reinstated. Entrance to the school of the prophets was established a condition of admittance, and thorough instructions on how to administer it were provided (seeD C 88:140, 141). On January 19, 1841, more revelations about the ordinances of washing were given (see D C 124:37–39)
- Discontinuity of the Lord’s Last Discourse to the Apostles. — We know that a portion of Christ’s discourse following the last supper was delivered in the upper room where Christ and the Twelve had dined
- However, it is possible that the latter portion of his discourse, as well as the prayer offered (John 15:16,17), were delivered outside as Jesus and the Eleven made their way toward the Mount of Olives. The fourteenth chapter of John concludes with the words “Arise, let us proceed hence,” and the next chapter begins with a new segment of the sermon. We might deduce from Matthew 26:30–35 and Mark 14:26–31 that the prediction of Peter’s denial of his Lord was made when the small group of disciples travelled from the city to the Mount of Transfiguration. “When Jesus had uttered these things,” which refers to the entire lecture as well as the ending prayer, “he went forth with his followers over brook Cedron,” according to John (18:1), who also refers to the entire talk and the concluding prayer. On that night of serious conversation with His disciples and communion between Himself and the Father, not one of our Lord’s majestic declarations is influenced by the fact that He is in a foreign land. — The name, which literally translates as “oil press,” is most likely a reference to an oil mill that was formerly in operation at the location for the extraction of oil from the olives that were grown there. According to John’s description, the location is a garden, and we may infer that it is a privately owned enclosed place from this categorization. The same author (John 18:1, 2) indicates that it was a location that Jesus frequented when He sought solitude for prayer or a chance for candid conversation with His followers. — The Bloody Sweat Our Lord’s suffering in Gethsemane is described as “huge droplets of blood dropping to the ground,” according to Luke, the only Gospel writer who mentions sweat and blood in connection with our Lord’s sorrow (22:44). Several modern critical expositors argue that there was no actual blood extrusion because the evangelist does not specifically affirm it, and that the three apostles, who were the only human witnesses, could not have distinguished blood from sweat falling in drops as they watched from a distance in the night, even if the moon, which was full at the time of the Passover, had been unobscured. Modern scripture eliminates any ambiguity. See, for example, D C 19:16–19, which is mentioned in the text (page 613), as well as 18:11. See also Mosiah 3:7, which has a particular prophecy about the crimson sweat: “Suffer Ye Thus Far.” — Many believe that these words, said by Jesus as He lifted His hand to cure the injured Malchus, were intended to be directed to the disciples, barring them from interfering with the healing process any more. Trench (Miracles,355) interprets the meaning as follows: “Hold now
- You have come this far in opposition, but let it not go any farther
- Let it not be any more of this.” When it comes to the impact of the incident on the events that followed, the contested interpretation is of little consequence
- Nonetheless, The Cup as a Symbol of Success. — It is consistent with the Old Testament’s use of the term “cup” to refer to a bitter or poisonous potion that symbolized experiences of suffering (Matthew 26:39, 42
- Mark 14:36
- Luke 22:42
- John 18:11
- Compare Matthew 20:22
- Mark 10:38
- 1 Corinthians 10:21) that our Lord frequently refers to His foreordained sufferings as the cup from which the Father would have Him drink (Matthew 26:39, 42
- Mark 14 See, for example, Psalm 11:6 and 75:8
- Isaiah 51:17 and 22
- Jeremiah 25:15, 17
- And 49:12. Some texts, such as Psalm 16:5, Psalm 23:5, Psalm 116:13, and Jeremiah 16:7, employ the phrase in the opposite sense, indicating a reversal of meaning.
The Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal (John 13:21-36)
Jesus’ spirit was shaken as a result of what he had spoken. He testified: “Honestly and truly, I say to you, I believe that one of you will betray me.” unsure of whom he was referring to, the disciples glanced at one another for clarification. For a better viewing experience, please visitHERE. When Jesus considered the possibility that someone from his most personal circle of friends may betray him, he experienced what the Gospels describe as “trouble in his spirit.” Judas Iscariot was so well-liked and trusted that no one dared to gaze his way.
- Judas was the one in charge of the disciple’s treasury, which is one of the ways in which we know he was trusted by the other eleven disciples.
- It was the sicarii, a Jewish ultra-zealot terrorist organization that operated in Judea and dealt a series of devastating blows to the Roman occupation and their followers.
- (They were mostly guys with strong moral beliefs who possessed exceptional combat abilities.
- This would have resulted in the selection of Mathew, who was previously employed as a tax collector.) resting at the table at Jesus’ side.
- One of the disciples was this mystery figure known only as “the beloved disciple.” He or she was one of the twelve disciples.
- (None of these are really convincing.) He was most likely the author of this otherwise unidentified Gospel, which was written in the first person.
- Take note of the degree of information that is provided by the Gospel.
He recalls the minor details, such as the beloved disciple motioning to Jesus to catch his attention during the dinner, although the disciples were undoubtedly chatting loudly around him.
We can almost feel the stress building up inside us.
The beloved disciple asked him quietly to show him who would betray him.
(It was customary to take a piece of bread and dip it in something tasty and give it directly to another person nearby.) It was the perfect way to tell the beloved disciple something in such a way that no one would guess what Jesus was really doing.
Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.
30So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out.
As Jesus extended his hand to give the peace of bread to Judas Iscariot he told him out loud that he should hurry up.
31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you.
It seems that Jesus viewed betrayal, death, resurrection and ascension as one package, so much so that at the time when the events that ultimately led to his death and resurrection began, he was already able to say: “Now is the Son of Man glorified”.
35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” This was intended for of all faithful Christ-followers everywhere and at all times (and rightly so) but originally it was in reference to the 12 apostles.
If Jesus was appointing new heads of the tribes of Israel and as such was renewing Israel’s hope; when could we expect there to be some correlation with the narratives of the 12 heads of the tribes of Israel.
One can hardly speak of anything more unloving than the heads of Israel’s key family attempted murder of their brother.
This is, in fact, how people who are real Israel would acknowledge their authority as authentic disciples of Jesus Christ in their own right.
“You will not be able to follow me now because of where I am going,” Jesus responded.
“I am willing to give my life for you.” 38Jesus said, “Are you willing to lay down your life for me?” I swear to you that the rooster will not crow until you have rejected my existence three times.
When Jesus informed Peter that the day would come, Peter would deny him, he was serious.
One of the reasons Jesus stated this was because he was already aware that Judas Iscariot was on his way to the Temple to inform the authorities of Jesus’ whereabouts in order to have him arrested immediately. To see all of the preceding parts, go to THIS PAGE.
Judas Iscariot: The Mysterious Disciple Who Betrayed Jesus with a Kiss
A monument at Rome’s Lateran Palace shows Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss, and the statue is known as the Kiss of Judas. (Photo courtesy of Noyan Yalcin/Shutterstock.com) Known as the betrayer of Jesus, Judas Iscariot was a follower of Jesus who betrayed him in return for a sum of money. William Klassen said in his book “Judas: Betrayer or Friend of Jesus?” that, among the 12 followers of Jesus, “only Peter receives more lines of coverage from the Gospel writers than does Judas” (Fortress Press, 1996).
Although he is well-known in the Bible, little is known about Judas.
The author Susan Gubar, who retired as a professor of English at Indiana University, wrote in her book “Judas” that “no one has succeeded in locating any sources of Judas independent of retellings of the New Testament narratives,” which is why “reputable thinkers” can continue to disbelieve in his historical reality (W.W.
The Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John, as well as the Acts of the Apostles, all contain accounts of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus (also called the “Book of Acts”). The biblical accounts do not specify where or when Judas was born, and they give several distinct accounts of how he passed away. According to legend, Judas was a follower of Jesus who betrayed him by consenting to hand him up to a mob commanded by the chief priests in return for money — 30 pieces of silver, according to the Gospel of Matthew — in exchange for the death of his master.
The crowd then took Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the Roman ruler of Judea, where he was arraigned.
A 1,200-year-old manuscript written in Coptic — an Egyptian language that employs the Greek alphabet — and newly translated alleges that Judas used a kiss to betray his commander because Jesus had the capacity to change his appearance.
While the four gospels make no attempt to explain why a kiss was used to identify Jesus, they do make some observations.
As recorded in the Gospel of John, Jesus approached Judas during the final supper, warning him, “Whatever you are going to do, do it now.” Several times in the Gospels of Luke and John, Satan is said to have “entered” Judas at different points in his life, which may have affected his choice to betray Jesus.
According to the story, Judas was the treasurer for Jesus and his 12 disciples, responsible for transporting the money bag that the group shared and occasionally stealing from it.
I could have made a year’s salary off of that.’ He didn’t say this because he cared for the poor; rather, he said it because he was a robber who used to help himself to whatever was put into the money bag while he was in charge of it.” John 12:4-6 is an example of a parable.
Death of Judas
The Bible has two separate narratives of Judas’ death, each with its own explanation. According to the Gospel of Matthew, Judas was remorseful for betraying Jesus and attempted to return the 30 pieces of silver that he had been compensated with. In Matthew 27:3-5, Judas informs the chief priests and elders that he has betrayed them “‘I have sinned,’ he confessed, ‘for I have betrayed the blood of innocent people.’ ‘What does that mean to us?’ they inquired. You are solely responsible for this.
Then he walked out and committed himself by hanging himself.” In turn, the 30 pieces of silver were put to use to purchase a parcel of land that would eventually be utilized as a burial cemetery for foreigners – a location known as the Field of Blood.
“After receiving money for his wickedness, Judas went out and purchased a field, where he fell headfirst, causing his body to break open and all of his intestines to stream out.
According to the Acts of the Apostles, a man called Matthias took Judas’ position as one of the twelve disciples.
Gospel of Judas
National Geographic released the “Gospel of Judas” in 2006, a late third-century document that may portray Judas in a more favorable light than previously thought. The work is classified as a “apocryphal” document, meaning it was never included in the Bible, according to academics. Apocryphal literature about Jesus and his life were written all across the ancient world, and many of them are still in existence today. The Gospel of Judas, like certain other ancient manuscripts, is written in the Coptic language.
According to the translation, Jesus begged Judas to betray him in order for his execution to take place on the cross.
It is conceivable for you to get there, but you will suffer greatly as a result of your efforts.
April DeConick, chair of the department of religion at Rice University in Houston, wrote on her website that the Gospel of Judas is actually a “parody about a ‘demon’ Judas written by a particular group of Gnostic Christians we call the Sethians,” and that there are a number of errors in the translation.
Oxford University Press is planning to publish a new translation and study of the Gospel of Judasis in April of this year, according to their website. Additional materials are available at:
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Why Did Judas Betray Jesus after Following Him for Three Years?
However, although hundreds of individuals accompanied Jesus during his career, occasionally giving housing or providing for basic necessities such as food (Luke 8), the majority of us are aware that Jesus had 12 disciples whom he specifically picked. The twelve apostles of Jesus would be comprised of individuals like these. Of these, Judas Iscariot is the most infamous. After three years of following Jesus during the course of Jesus’ public ministry, Judas Iscariot handed his companion over to the religious leaders, who tried him and sentenced him to death.
We may recall close pals from our high school or college years who have remained with us for more than three years if we reflect back on our past experiences.
I certainly hope not.
The reasons why Judas betrayed Jesus will be discussed in this article, as will the reasons why Judas finally took his own life when he learned the consequences of his conduct.
What Does the Bible Say about Judas?
Identifying what the Bible has to say about Judas is essential before delving into the reasons for his betrayal of Jesus. For one thing, as noted out in the Crosswalk piece mentioned above, we don’t have a clear understanding of why Judas did what he did. Theologians have developed a number of hypotheses, which we will discuss in more detail later. The Bible says in Psalm 41:9, “Even my close buddy, in whom I put my faith and who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me. This text, which may be found in the Old Testament, predicts that a close friend of Jesus’ would rise their heel against him.
Judas took a bite out of it.
Judas is one of the twelve disciples that were chosen by Jesus.
But one of his students, Judas Iscariot, who would eventually betray him, objected: “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor?” (John 12:4-6) “It was the equivalent of a year’s pay.” But he didn’t say this because he was concerned about the impoverished; rather, he said it because, in his capacity as the money bag’s custodian, he used to help himself to whatever was placed in it.” During Jesus’ career, it appeared that the apostles played a variety of duties.
- Judas was in charge of the money, acting as a type of treasurer.
- However, because Judas betrays Jesus for money, the magnitude of his betrayal is magnified even further.
- In terms of spiritual possession or tyranny, we’re not sure what we’re dealing with.
- Judas, on the other hand, had already agreed to betray Jesus before to this night’s events.
- Despite the fact that Judas had previously devised a plan in his heart to betray Jesus, Satan appears to provide the final push here.
- ‘When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been sentenced, he was overcome with guilt and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,’ says Matthew 27:3 (New International Version).
This appears to imply that he did not wish for Jesus to be crucified. Possibly he was bored up with Jesus, or perhaps he was disappointed that Jesus did not turn out to be the insurrectionist that he had hoped. He, on the other hand, is filled with remorse.
Why Did Judas Betray Jesus?
Theologians are divided on this point. In the words of the Crosswalk article referenced above: “At the other extreme of the idea spectrum is the proposition that Judas betrayed Jesus because Judas was a nasty man all along.a wolf in sheep’s clothes.” This idea is primarily based on the image of Judas in the Gospel of John, which paints a highly negative portrait of the betrayed apostle.” When we examine Judas’ guilt in the paragraph above, we can see that this idea falls short at times.
- Although Jesus foresaw that Judas would eventually betray him, we do not know if Judas really did so.
- Despite the fact that Satan did enter Jesus’ body, and despite the fact that some may argue that Judas had no autonomy, we observe Judas forming a pact with the religious authorities long before Satan appears during the Last Supper.
- This appears to indicate that Judas had great expectations for Jesus at the beginning of his mission, but that after three years, he was dissatisfied with what he had witnessed.
- This is supported by the Crosswalk article: “During the time of Jesus, the people of Israel were subject to the control of the Roman Empire.
- They were in desperate need of a monarch who had been anointed to guide them on their journey.
- He was unquestionably selected by God.
- He talked with authority regarding the establishment of a new monarchy.
- This might explain Judas’ surprise when he learned that Jesus had been sentenced to death.
- The religious elders demand that he repay the 30 pieces of silver to them since he has committed sin by “betraying innocent blood.” Whatever the circumstances, Judas was ultimately responsible for Jesus’ betrayal.
How Did Judas Die?
The killing of Judas is described in great detail in the Bible, although in graphic detail. As soon as the religious authorities refuse to take the 30 silver pieces, Judas throws them on the ground and walks to a nearby field where he hangs himself. I won’t go into much more detail than that, but if you want some hyper-realistic depictions, go no further than Acts 1:18, which is available online. The religious leaders then spend the monies to purchase a potter’s field, which allows them to fulfill an Old Testament prophecy that they would do so (Matthew 27:9).
- After all, when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, people greeted him with palm branches and shouted “hallelujah.” He was put to death less than a week later, according to the authorities.
- Judas was predicted to betray Jesus in the Old Testament, and it was through his treachery that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
- Even though he was aware that Judas would betray him, Jesus nonetheless bathed Judas’ feet before the Last Supper (John 13), demonstrating his willingness to serve.
- We betrayed Jesus by our actions.
- Jesus, on the other hand, chose to wash our feet.
- And, eventually, to save our lives.
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7. The Last Supper and Judas’ Betrayal (Matthew 26:14-30; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:1-23)
TITLEMain PPT TITLEMain Point:Jesus wants us to keep His memory alive. Key Verse: Until the Lord returns, every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you are proclaiming the Lord’s death and resurrection. – 1 Corinthians 11:26 New Living Translation Props include: a tiny bag of silver coins (international money or silver dollars would be ideal); a family photo album; matza bread; grape juice; and a small box of chocolates. For older students, it is optional to take the following courses: Film for X-rays Atmosphere: In the center of the room, place a short table with a few chairs.
Say:When Jesus revived His dear friend Lazarus from the dead, He demonstrated His incredible power over death to the world. This was monumental! People all across the world had heard that a dead man had been brought back to life, and they were all talking about it. Consider what would happen if this happened now! People would be interested in learning everything they could about it. In addition to watching news broadcasts and digging up information on him on the Internet, the individual would be interviewed on television.
- Because Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, MANY people have placed their faith and confidence in him.
- While laying palm branches and clothes on the ground in front of Him as He entered Jerusalem, the people chanted praises to God and greeted Him with applause.
- Inquire:Can somebody tell me what the Pharisees thought of all the people who were worshiping Jesus?
- They refused to follow Jesus, despite the fact that it was obvious that He was doing miraculous signs.
- They desired for everyone to be reliant on them.
- When you consider the polar opposite emotions individuals had to Jesus, it’s amazing: the Pharisees despised Him, while His disciples and followers grew to love and adore Him.
Judas’ Betrayal (Matthew 26:14-16; Luke 22:1-6)
“The Pharisees and top priests were keeping their eyes peeled for the opportune moment to capture Jesus.” However, Judas was a follower of Christ, but he was not a sincere believer in the Messiah (John 13:10). Do you recall how Satan urged Eve to question God’s existence? Satan enjoys deceiving people by spreading false information about God. Satan is known as the “Father of Lies,” and he was well aware of his ability to fool Judas. Judas followed Satan’s instructions and proceeded to speak with the chief priests (Luke 22:3).
- As a result, they distributed 30 silver coins to him.
- – Matthew 26:15-16 (New International Version) Judas forged a pact with the guys who were determined to have Jesus crucified.
- Teacher: Raise your bag of silver coins and reveal a few of the coins to the class.
- Judas betrayed Jesus and was executed.
He intended to bring Jesus’ adversaries right up to the cross. Is there anything Jesus has ever done for Judas other than show him love and compassion? Judas’ gaze was not fixed on Jesus. They were motivated only by his own selfish avarice.
The Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-30; Luke 22:7-23)
Say:Jesus was well aware that His time on earth was drawing to a close. He was well aware that He would be arrested, put on trial, lied about, and then executed on a cross very soon. It is possible that Jesus would allow all of this to occur since He came to be the perfect sacrifice that would be able to take away the sins of the world. The Lord desired to enjoy a special dinner with His followers prior to the occurrence of these events. It was the Passover Feast (Matthew 26:17-19), which God had commanded His people to observe on a yearly basis, as recorded in the Bible.
Note to Teachers: Jesus kept the location of the Last Super secret so that no one else would know where it would take place.
It is quite conceivable that, in addition to wishing to get away from the masses, Jesus did not make the location known to the others in order for Judas to be unable to inform the chief priests of His whereabouts until after this special Passover dinner was over.
“I have been greatly anticipating the opportunity to share this Passover with you before I suffer,” He told them.
In the course of the supper, Jesus disclosed to His followers all that would take place in the coming days.
After the dinner, Jesus instructed them to have it again later in order to commemorate the sacrifice He was going to make on the cross for all mankind.
He thanked her and smashed the vase.
It has been made available to you.
Teacher: Demonstrate the slice of Matzoh Bread and explain the meaning represented by it: Matzoh, or unleavened bread, is what you’re looking at.
When the Jews were fleeing Egypt, they ate this loaf of bread.
His back would be striped with whip marks as the punishment for His sins was about to begin.
It also includes flaws and omissions.
According to the Bible, Jesus was wounded in order to atone for our sins (Isaiah 53:5).
Yeast is a symbol of sin because, just as yeast causes bread to rise in volume, our sin causes us to rise in volume (Luke 12:1).
Teacher: Please display the shattered bread.
Teacher: A tiny cup of purple/red grape juice should be displayed.
After that, He accepted the cup.
“Everyone of you takes a sip from it,” he continued.
It is poured forth in order to atone for the sins of a great multitude.” – Matthew 26:27-28, New International Version The liquid from the grapes served as a representation of Jesus’ blood.
His beating and nailing to the crucifixion would bring about this event in history (Mark 15:19, John 19:34).
Jesus offered Himself as the last and complete sacrifice that God required in order to remove sin from the world (Hebrews 10:12).
Whenever they ate the bread and drank the grape juice, Jesus instructed His followers to keep in mind what He was about to accomplish for them – and for all of humanity.
For senior kids, additional instruction is provided as follows: Jesus said that His blood was the blood of the NEW covenant, also known as the NEW Testament.
It’s a pledge, after all.
In the event that this is the new promise, let us consider the promise that was in existence before to this and why God felt it necessary to make a new promise.
This is referred to as “The Law.” It is included in the first five books of the Bible, and it served as a representation of God’s character.
As a result, the Law is also without flaws.
If they kept the Law, God would bless them, make them holy, and be with them for the rest of their lives (Exodus 19:5, Leviticus 19:2, Exodus 40:34).
The people agreed to follow God’s instructions to the letter.
Every single person fell short of expectations.
Consider the following question: Does it seem a little harsh or unkind of God to give His people a Law that they could not follow?
Say: Let’s take a look at things from this perspective: Consider the following scenario: I went to the doctor for a checkup.
The doctor pushed and prodded and then took some x-rays of the patient’s body.
“I have some good news and some bad news,” he remarked as he brought one up to the light box.
It’s cancer, as you might expect.
Good news is that I assure you that a cure will be discovered one day.” Inquire:Wow, how would I react if I received this news?
Say:I would be startled and terrified, but I would be overjoyed if there were a cure one day.
He’s a decent guy.
Is the real x-ray film a terrible thing, you might wonder?
It’s a wonderful development.
I would have never realized I needed help if it hadn’t been for it.
Sin, on the other hand, is genuinely lethal.
And, until that Cure arrived, God provided the Jews with a temporary remedy.
The blood of the animals would temporarily atone for their guilt, but only for a short period of time.
The same way, my doctor may prescribe medication that would be beneficial but not CURE me.
In taking the cup of grape juice or wine, Jesus said that it was a sign of the new promise.
The new promise did not cancel out the previous promise; rather, it brought it to fruition.
They were rendered perfect by the new promise.
Because he personally carried our sins in his body on the cross, we may now be free of sin and free to live for what is good in our lives.
In 1 Peter 2:24, the Bible says The ancient promise: If you keep God’s complete Law, he will bless you, make you holy, and be with you for the rest of your life.
God will make you righteous, holy, and flawless if you place your trust in Him.
The old promise had been kept.
Application: I took one of my family’s photo albums with me to the meeting.
Jesus left a “image” for His followers – and for us – to use as a reminder of who He was.
Despite the fact that we continue to eat bread and drink grape juice today, we do it primarily as a way to remind ourselves of what Jesus has done for us (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Only sincere believers in Jesus Christ – persons who have placed their faith in Him to forgive them of their sins – are eligible.
This is something you should talk about with your parents about right away.
It is a very important matter to commemorate Jesus’ death on the cross.
According to the Bible, we should receive Communion in a dignified manner when we receive it.
We should check ourselves before partaking in the sacrament of communion (1 Corinthians 11:28, 31).
Is there a sin that you are well aware of yet continue to commit?
Accept God’s judgment that the sin is wrong, and seek God to alter your heart and behavior as a result.
They ate till they were completely satisfied.
It’s important to remember that the objective of receiving Communion is to commemorate what Jesus has done for us.
In some churches, individuals rise from their seats and walk to their Pastor to receive the bread and grape juice.
Our church has a tradition of doing so (explain how the elements are taken in your church).
PPT VERSEK KEYWORDS From now until the Lord returns, you are commemorating the Lord’s death by eating and drinking from this loaf of bread and drinking from this cup.
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