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.”
Judas Iscariot, the Suicide of Satan, and the Salvation of the World
Passover, also known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread, was drawing nearer at this point. And the chief priests and scribes were scrambling to figure out how to put him to death because they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve apostles, and took up residence in him. He went out and spoke with the leading priests and officers about how he might betray him to the other priests and officials. And they expressed their gratitude by agreeing to provide him with money.
This is the final lesson in the series, Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ, and it will be delivered in the coming weeks.
My prayer is that, as these great historical vistas of God’s sovereignty over sin take their rightful place in your renewed mind, they will have a profoundly practical effect on you, strengthening you in the face of life-sucking sorrows and empowering you to be bold for Christ in the face of dangerous opposition to the gospel.
I hope that the Lord would weave steel and silk strings into the fabric of your spirit, as he has done for me.
History’s Most Spectacular Sin: The Murder of Jesus
The horrific murder of Jesus Christ, the morally flawless, immensely deserving, and divine Son of God, is the most dramatic sin that has ever been perpetrated in the history of the world. And the betrayal of Jesus by one of his closest friends, Judas Iscariot, was undoubtedly the most terrible crime that occurred during the course of this assassination. “The violent murder of Jesus Christ is the most dramatic sin that has ever been committed,” says the author. One of the twelve apostles whom Jesus had personally chosen, Judas stayed with Jesus during his whole public career.
He had been entrusted with the responsibility of holding the moneybag for the entire group (John 13:29).
‘Satan Entered into Judas’
According to Luke 22:3–6, Satan entered Judas on the night of the Last Supper. “He went out and consulted with the chief priests and officers how he would betray them,” Luke writes. And they expressed their gratitude by agreeing to provide him with money. As a result, he agreed and looked for an opening to betray him to them while there was no crowd around.” Afterwards, he accompanied the authorities to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he betrayed him with a kiss (Luke 22:47–48). Jesus’ death was effectively sealed at that point.
One is whether Satan just conquered a decent Judas, or whether Judas was already going in line with Satan and Satan merely decided that now was the moment to take advantage of Judas’s weakness.
And the third, and perhaps most significant, question is: Where was God during all of this chaos? What was his part, or lack thereof, in the most spectacular sin that the world has ever witnessed? So let’s go through each of these questions one by one.
1. Satan’s Power in Judas’s Sinful Passions
On the night of the Last Supper, according to Luke 22:3–6, “Satan entered into Judas. He went out and discussed with the chief priests and officers about how he would betray to them. ” Afterwards, they expressed their gratitude by agreeing to provide him with financial assistance. As a result, he agreed and looked for an opening to betray him to them while there was no crowd around.” Luke 22:47–48 describes how he betrayed Jesus by kissing him as he brought the authorities to him in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Several doubts arise in our thoughts when Luke informs us in verse 3 that “Satan entered into Judas,” as he claims.
Another concern is why Satan would do this given that Jesus’ death and resurrection will result in Satan’s ultimate defeat, and there is excellent reason to believe Satan was well aware of this.
In the most spectacular sin that has ever been, what part did he play, or did he not play?
2. Satan’s Role in His Own Destruction
The second issue is why Satan would tempt Judas to betray Jesus and the answer is as follows: Are we to believe that Satan’s final defeat will be brought about by Jesus’ death and resurrection (Colossians 2:13–15; Revelation 12:11) or that he is unaware of this? There’s an excellent reason to believe Satan was aware of this. The devil attempted to divert Jesus’ attention away from the road of sorrow and sacrifice as he began his ministry on the journey to the cross. The devil tempted Jesus in the desert, convincing him to transform stones into bread, jump from the temple, and accept the dominion of the world in exchange for worshipping him (Matthew 4:1–11).
- Make use of your abilities to avoid suffering.
- And I’m here to assist you in doing so.
- And then there was the moment when Jesus foretold that he would suffer many things from the elders and the chief priests and that he would be murdered, and Peter reprimanded him and said, “Far be it from you, Lord!
- To put it another way, I will never allow you to be killed in that manner.
- “Get behind me, Satan!” he said.
- Because you are not focusing your thoughts on the things of God, but rather on the things of man” (Matthew 16:23).
- Satan did not want Jesus crucified, and he was right.
However, in Luke 22:3, he is shown entering Judas’s heart and directing him to betray the Lord and carry him to the cross.
Why would you try to steer him away from the cross and then take the initiative to lead him to the cross yourself?
Here’s what I came up with as a response: Satan saw that his attempts to deflect Jesus’ attention away from the crucifixion were failing.
Satan determines that there is nothing that can be done to stop him because his face was set like flint to die.
Not just death, but death as a result of treachery.
Death as a result of desertion It is possible to die by denial (see Luke 22:31–32). If he was unable to stop it, he would bring others into it and do as much destruction as he possibly could. It was a magnificent series of misdeeds that ultimately led to Jesus’ death on the cross.
3. God’s Role in the Murder of His Son
And this leads us directly to the third and last question, which is also the most important: Where was God during all of this? Or, to put it another way, what was God’s role, or lack thereof, in the most dramatic sin that humanity has ever witnessed – the death of Jesus Christ? “All that matters is what God himself has revealed to us via his word.” When faced with a question like that, we should put our hands over our lips and keep our philosophical ideas to ourselves. Our opinions aren’t taken into consideration here.
And the first thing he demonstrates to us is that the events surrounding Jesus’ death are foretold in God’s word hundreds of years before they take place.
The Scriptures prophesy that evil men will reject Jesus when he comes.
“Have you never read in the Scriptures: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s work, and it is amazing in our eyes”?” says Jesus to the disciples in Matthew 21:42.
The Scriptures prophesy that Jesus must be hated.
As recorded in John 15:25, Jesus referenced Psalm 35:19 and declared, “The word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They despised me without a reason.'”
The Scriptures prophesy that the disciples would abandon Jesus.
As recorded in John 15:25, Jesus referenced Psalm 35:19 and declared, “The word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They despised me without a cause.'”
The Scriptures prophesy that Jesus will be pierced but none of his bones will be broken.
A spear was stabbed into John’s side by one of the soldiers, according to Psalm 34:20 and Zechariah 12:10. For these things occurred in order for the Scripture to be fulfilled, which states, ‘Not one of his bones will be broken.’ “And again, another Scripture says, ‘They will look on him whom they have pierced,'” (John 19:34–37): “They will look on him whom they have wounded.”
The Scriptures prophesy that Jesus would be betrayed by a close friend for thirty pieces of silver.
According to John 13:18, Jesus quotes Psalm 41:9 and explains that he “does not speak of all of you; I know whom I have chosen.” However, the Scripture will be fulfilled, which states, “He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.” “The Son of One goes as it is written of him,” Jesus says in Matthew 26:24, “but woe to the man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!” As well as this, it is written in Matthew 27:9–10, “Then was fulfilled what had been prophesied by the prophet Jeremiah, who had said, ‘And they took the thirty pieces of silver, which were the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.'” (Jeremiah 19:1–13; Zechariah 11:12–13; Jeremiah 19:1–13)
And not only the Scriptures, but Jesus himself prophesies, down to the details, how he will be killed.
According to Mark 10:33–34, Jesus explains, “See, we’re on our way to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed up to the chief priests and the scribes, who will sentence him to death and hand him over to the Gentiles.” And they will ridicule him, spit on him, flog him, and murder him as a result of their actions. And he will rise again after three days.” And on that final night, Jesus looked at Peter and said, “Truly, I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times” (Matthew 26:34).
According to His Sovereign Will
We know from all of these prophecies that God predicted, but did not prevent, his Son’s rejection, hatred, abandonment, betrayal, denial, condemnation, spitting upon, flogging, mocking, piercing, and death, and that this was part of his plan. All of these things are plainly in God’s thoughts before they occur as things that he intends to happen to Jesus, and this is before they occur. These things did not just happen out of nowhere. Their occurrence was predicted in God’s word. God knew they were going to happen and could have prepared to prevent them, but he chose not to.
And they were all bad in their own way.
Accepting, despise ingratiatingly and mockingly mocking the morally flawless and immeasurably deserving divine Son of God is sin.
Despite this, the Bible is unequivocal and unambiguous in its assertion that God himself orchestrated these events.
The fact that God brought these events to pass is explicitly stated not just in all of the prophetic writings we have examined, but also in passages that state even more emphatically that God brought them about.
God Brought It to Pass
According to Isaiah 53:6, 10, “All of us have gone astray like sheep, each of us has turned to his own path, and the Lord has thrown on him the guilt of us all. “The Lord’s purpose in crushing him was to bring him to anguish,” says the prophet. As a result, the invisible hand and design of God is at work behind the spitting and whipping, ridiculing and piercing. And I say that with great care and trembling in my voice. This fact is far too important, far too serious, far too upsetting to deal with in a flippant or arrogant fashion.
There’s a reason why I use these exact phrases: the Bible states it in those exact words.
The Hand and Plan of God
God’s hand and intention behind the awful execution of his Son are clearly stated in Acts 4:27–28, which is the clearest and most unequivocal assertion in the Bible. As a result, in this city, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, as well as the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, had assembled to oppose your holy servant Jesus, whom you had anointed, and to carry out whatever your hand (cheir) and your plan (boule) had predetermined to take place. That is exactly what I am referring to when I say “the hand of God” and “God’s purpose.” That something has been predetermined by God’s hand and purpose is a weird way of putting it, to put it mildly.
What is the mechanism through which a hand predestines?
Combining it with the word “plan” serves to emphasize that it is not a theoretical plan, but rather a plan that will be carried out by God’s own hand and will result in victory.
Or, to put it more accurately, according to the King James Version, “It pleased the Lord to bruise him; he has brought him down.” He was bruised by the Lord.
The Gospel: God at Work in Death
What is the significance of this to you? It should matter because, if God were not the primary actor in Christ’s death, then Christ’s death would have been ineffective in saving us from our sins, and we would have perished in hell eternally if Christ had not died. That the death of Christ is at the center of the gospel — that it is at the heart of the good news — is because God was orchestrating it. “God demonstrates his love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners,” says Romans 5:8.
This was the result of God’s will. It is the pinnacle and depth of his love for sinners — his love for you — that he has reached. “If you separate God’s action from the death of Jesus, you lose the gospel,” says theologian Paul Tillich.
- By sending his own Son in the form of sinful flesh and for the sin of the world, he condemned sin in its physical manifestation. (See Romans 8:3)
Sin in the flesh was condemned when God sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin. The Bible says (Romans 8:3)
- (Galatians 3:13) Christ freed us from the curse of the law by taking on the nature of a curse in our place.
When God condemned Jesus, he received the curse that belonged to all of us. As a result, we are liberated.
- In order for us to become the righteousness of God, God caused him to be sin who knew no sin in order for us to become the righteousness of God in him. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that
God has imputed our guilt to him, and we are now free to live in God’s righteousness as a result.
- The Lord was wounded because of our trespasses, and the Lord was crushed because of our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5).
God dealt him a blow. God’s wrath overtook him. This is for you and me. And then we’re free.
The Cross of Christ: The Work and Love of God
The following is the reason why this series of communications is important. If you believe the biblical reality (and I trust that you will) that God permits spectacular sins for the worldwide glory of his Son, without becoming impure, unrighteous, or wicked in the process, you will not be able to turn away from the crucifixion of Christ as a work of God. You will not be one of those who refer to the greatest loving deed that has ever been performed as “divine child abuse,” as others do. When you reach the cross, you will fall on your knees in humiliation.
It will be given to you as his most precious gift.
And Christ will be exalted as a result.
4 Things We Can Learn from Judas
It’s easy to write off Judas as a monster or a victim, but I’m struck by the fact that he was, in many ways, a lot like myself, and I find that comforting. Judas was a disciple of Jesus and a teacher of the gospel, yet he possessed a certain amount of duplicity in his actions. In the end, he turned his back on the religion he had previously proclaimed. Listed below are four aspects of Judas’s life that are commonly forgotten.
1. The Commitment He Made
Judas made a promise to Jesus, and there is no reason to believe that he was anything other than serious in his devotion to Jesus. His life was turned upside down to follow our Lord, as were the lives of the other disciples. Judas was actively involved in ministry, and he was granted extraordinary spiritual abilities as a result of his efforts. Jesus gathered “the twelve” (which included Judas) together and “granted them power and authority over all demons and the ability to cure illnesses, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal” (Luke 9:1–2), according to the gospel of Luke.
He was granted the power of healing, and he was given the authority to cast out demons from his body.
2. The Opportunity He Was Given
For three years, Judas accompanied Jesus on his journey. He had the opportunity to witness the greatest life ever lived up up and personal. There is no finer role model for faith than Jesus, and there is no better setting for establishing faith than Judas’s experience walking with the Savior in the wilderness. He was there to experience the marvels firsthand. Judas was present when Jesus fed the 5,000 people. It was he who took the loaf of bread and distributed it with the other disciples. Judas was present as Jesus brought the storm to a halt.
- The proof Judas possessed was unrivaled in terms of faith-building potential.
- Following hearing the Sermon on the Mount, he realized that there is a small route that leads to life and a vast one that leads to destruction on the journey of life.
- The prodigal son’s story had been told to him, and he was convinced that God was ready to welcome and forgive people who had squandered their lives in a multitude of sins.
- He was able to hear the most excellent instruction with his own ears.
- Despite this, this guy continued to betray Jesus.
- He received the most excellent instruction through his ears.
- Despite this, this guy continued to betray Jesus.
- To understand how a young person nurtured by godly parents in the setting of a healthy church, taught the truths of Scripture from an early age, and grounded in apologetics may turn his or her back on Christ is difficult to comprehend.
When it comes to grieving for someone they care about who has abandoned the religion, Judas’s narrative holds a valuable lesson for parents, religious leaders, and friends. They are concerned about:
- What went wrong
- What might we have done better
- What went wrong
- Is it possible that we made a mistake in our teaching or in our example? Should we have placed our kid or daughter or buddy in a more challenging setting instead?
Even the best example, the most persuasive proof, and the finest teaching—the optimum setting for incubating religion, as Judas reminds us—cannot, by themselves, transform the human heart, as Judas shows us.
3. The Choice He Made
Satan launched a constant attack on Judas’s soul, just as he launches a continuous attack on the souls of all those who choose to follow Christ. We learn about Satan’s assaults on Judas in the following passage: Then Satan made his way into Judas Iscariot’s body. (Luke 22:3–4) (Luke 22:3–4) The devil had already planted the seed of betrayal in the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, before he even met him. (See John 13:2 for further information.) Satan made his way inside him. (See also John 13:27.) As a result of the Bible’s unambiguous descriptions concerning Satan’s activities, some have concluded that “poor Judas, he didn’t stand a chance.” Satan made his way inside him.
- Judas had been stealing from the collective money bag, and since he had kept this transgression hidden, Satan was able to infiltrate Judas’s body.
- In all cases, unconfessed sin serves as an open gateway to Satan’s power.
- Individuals who are walking in the light with Jesus don’t allow Satan to establish a foothold in their life.
- In the words of Klaus Schilder, “It is the distinctive grandeur of Jesus that he can conquer men without the need for man to come up to him first.” Satan’s fragility, on the other hand, is demonstrated by the fact that he cannot contact a soul unless that soul has already turned to him.
- The Bible, on the other hand, teaches the exact opposite.
4. The Outcome He Embraced
Judas walked out into the darkness that he had chosen for himself. It is possible to get more and more distanced from Jesus as you grow closer to him. Either you will become completely his, or you will become more and more distant from him. Among those who despise Christ the most, there were many who previously purported to believe in him. His claims are so exclusive, and his demands so pervasive, that you are forced to choose between entirely surrendering yourself to him and absolutely abandoning him altogether.
The tale of Judas teaches us that there is nothing positive that can come from abandoning our faith in Jesus.
The only consequences for those who approach near are complete commitment or ultimate animosity; and every day, one of us is moving closer or further away from the other.
The narrative of Judas also prepares us to reach out to individuals who are on the verge of abandoning their religion.
Finally, the tale of Judas teaches us that there is nothing positive that can come from abandoning our faith in Jesus. He is of utmost importance, and following him is well worth the effort.
Why did Judas betray Jesus?
QuestionAnswer While we can never know for definite why Judas betrayed Jesus, there are several things we can be confident of. First and foremost, despite the fact that Judas was chosen to be one of the Twelve (John 6:64), all scriptural evidence indicates that he never believed Jesus to be the Son of God. He may not have even been convinced that Jesus was the Messiah at the time (as Judas understood it). Unlike the other disciples, who addressed Jesus as “Lord,” Judas never addressed him as such, instead referring to him as “Rabbi,” implying that Jesus was nothing more than a teacher.
This lack of confidence in Jesus serves as the foundation for all of the other concerns that will be discussed further down.
If we fail to accept Jesus as God incarnate and, as a result, as the only One who is capable of providing forgiveness for our sins—along with the everlasting redemption that comes with it—we will be vulnerable to a slew of other issues that arise as a result of having a distorted vision of the divine.
- When the synoptic gospels list the Twelve, they are usually given in the same basic sequence, with minor changes, with the exception of Matthew and Mark (Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16).
- Regardless of the differences, Peter and the brothers James and John are always mentioned first, which is consistent with their personal ties with Jesus and the apostles.
- Aside from that, the only known exchange between Jesus and his betrayer Judas is Judas being scolded by Jesus after making a greed-motivated comment to Mary (John 12:1-8), Judas’ denial of his treachery (Matthew 26:25), and the act of betrayal itself (Matthew 26:26).
- In a third instance, as we can see in John 12:5-6, Judas was overwhelmed by greed to the point of betraying not only the confidence of Jesus, but also that of his fellow disciples.
- The fact that Judas was in control of the organization’s moneybag would show that he had a financial stake in the group (John 13:29).
- Judas may have followed Jesus in the hope of reaping the benefits of being associated with Him as the next political force in the world.
- By the time of Judas’ betrayal, Jesus had made it obvious that He intended to die rather than instigate a revolt against the Roman authorities.
- Some Old Testament scriptures, some more precisely than others, allude to the violation of the king’s trust.
- “I also told them, ‘If you believe it’s best, give me my salary; if you don’t, keep it,'” says the author.
And the LORD said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter,’ referring to the great price at which they had valued me.’ And with those thirty pieces of silver in my possession, I gave them to the potter who worked in the LORD’s temple (Zechariah 11:12-13; see Matthew 27:3-5 for the fulfillment of the Zechariah prophecy).
- But, if God was aware of Judas’ treachery, did Judas have a choice, and is he held accountable for his role in the betrayal?
- This is due in great part to our limited understanding of time.
- In a linear sense, we see time as a straight line, and we go from one place to another gradually, recalling the past we have previously traveled through but being unable to see into the future we are about to enter into.
- He exists outside of time.
- However, Judas had the entire capability to make his decision—at least until “Satan came into him” (John 13:27), and God’s foreknowledge (John 13:10, 18, and 21) in no way exceeds Judas’ ability to make any particular option in any specific situation.
- “I’ll tell you the truth: one of you will betray me—and it will be the one who is eating with me right now” (Mark 14:18).
- As for culpability for this betrayal, Jesus said: “Woe to the one who betrays the Son of Man!
- We see in John 13:26-27 that Satan played a role in this, and he will be held accountable for his actions as a result of them as well.
- Because Satan assisted in the sending of Jesus to the cross, sin and death were vanquished, and God’s provision of redemption is now freely available to anyone who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior (Romans 6:23).
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When Yudah is translated into English, it becomes “Judas,” which is one of the most prevalent Aramaic names among Jews throughout the first century. Judas Thomas was the name of one of Jesus’ brothers (Mark 6:3), and it was also the name of a disciple who was known as “the Twin,” giving us the moniker Judas Thomas (in theGospelaccording to Thomas). In the modern era, Judas Iscariot is the most well-known person to have been given the name. Even while the appellation might relate to a town or village, it can also signify “man of defilement” when translated into Aramaic, a reference to Judas’ notoriety in the Jewish community.
- The Jewish high priest is approached by Judas at the end of the Gospel account, and he agrees to betray the whereabouts of Jesus to the Jewish authorities.
- The localJudeanauthorities hand over Jesus to the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate, who prepares for his crucifixion, which is a Roman method of dealing with offenses against the empire at the time of Jesus’ execution.
- When Judas tries to repay the thirty pieces of silver he had been paid previous to the betrayal, the temple officials refuse to accept it.
- According to Acts, the barrenimpurity of Judas is more significant than the question of Jewish responsibility.
What motivated Judas, according to the Gospels?
His reason is addressed in two ways by the Gospels, both of which are theological in nature. One possibility is that Satan invaded Judas’s body and took possession of him (Luke 22:3). According to the account of the Last Supper, on the other hand, Jesus claims that one of those present will be the one to give him over as part of his inevitable journey to the cross (Luke 22:21). As a result, alongside the theory of Satanic possession, there is another that involves the requirement of divinity.
It depicts Jesus handing Judas a portion of bread and asking him to act fast, and it claims that Satan entered Judas’s mind from that point on (John 13:26-27).
These contrasting theological interpretations mirror the ambiguity of the Greek term used to designate Judas as a betrayer, which is a betrayer in both senses of the word.
A similar phrase appears in the Gospels, when Jesus speaks of the need of his being given to the authorities, which is a different term (see, for example,Mark 9:31,Mark 10:33, andMark 14:41).
Why did Judas’ action result in Jesus’ death?
By the time Judas had finished consulting with Caiaphas, the Roman-appointed high priest, Jesus and his companions had burst into the temple and disrupted the business arrangements that had been in place (Mark 11:15-17,Matt 21:12-17,Luke 19:45-48,John 2:13-22). Jesus added to this direct challenge to the most important religious institution of his time by asserting that he had established an alternative sacrifice to be offered. If we realize Jesus’ Last Supper in its original context, we may better grasp Judas’ “betrayal” of his lord and the motivation for it.
However, following his occupancy of the temple, he started to declare, over the wine, “This is my blood,” and over the bread, “This is my body” (this is my body) (Matt 26:26-28,Mark 14:22-24,Luke 22:17-20,1Cor 10:16-17,1Cor 11:24-25).
To substitute the meat that was traditionally presented in the same manner, he declared, “This bread is my flesh.” This claim to be able to substitute ordinary sacrifice alarmed many of the disciples, including Judas (John 6:60-71) since it superseded the Jerusalem temple as the primary location of worship in Judaism (see John 6:60-71).
- The high priest, on the other hand, did not have the power to crucify, as crucifixion was a distinctively Roman method of death.
- When Sejanus was deposed and executed, Pilate was forced to make common cause with Caiaphas in order to maintain his political position in Rome.
- Although Judas’ exact reasons are unknown, it is possible that he meant to do nothing more than scare his instructor away from Jerusalem and away from the debates that were raging at the time.
- Bruce Chilton’s “Judas,” n.p., is available online.
Bruce Chilton is the Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College and the author of Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography (Doubleday, 2000) and The Way of Jesus: To Repair and Renew the World (Doubleday, 2003). He lives in New York City with his wife and two children (Abingdon, 2010). It is a large and diversified group of countries controlled by the government of a single country. A gospel is a written narrative of Jesus of Nazareth’s life that is written in the New Testament. People who have been contaminated as a consequence of certain physical or moral conditions are not permitted to come into touch with holy objects.
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- (See Luke 22:33.) Then Satan entered Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve apostles (Luke 22:21-21).
- Jesus’ teachings in John 13:26–27:26 “It is the one to whom I offer this piece of bread after I have dipped it in the dish,” Jesus said.
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- 12Jesus then went inside the temple and drove out all of the people who were selling and buying in the temple, as well as overturning the tables of money there.
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- 13 The Jewish festival of Passover was approaching, and Jesus traveled to Jerusalem.
- Observe further information Matt 26:26-28 (KJV) The Lord’s Supper was instituted on this day in history.
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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, ‘because 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 plot of land that would eventually be used as a burial ground for foreigners — a location known as the Field of Blood.
“With the cash he obtained for his evil, Judas bought a field; there he fell headfirst, his body broke apart and all his intestines poured out.
According to the Acts of the Apostles, a man named Matthias took Judas’ place 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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