Who betrayed Jesus?
Who Betrayed Jesus? What does the Bible say?
Judas Iscariot is the man who betrayed Jesus. He was the son of a man named Simon (John 6:71). The “Iscariot” in his name distinguishes him from the other disciple named Judas.
Judas was one of Jesus' twelve original disciples and is named in the list of disciples in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, and Luke 6:14-16. The Bible also tells us that Judas served as the treasurer:
“He [Judas] did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6)
“Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor” (John 13:29).
Who Betrayed Jesus? The Event
During the Passover, Judas went to the chief priests where he offered to betray Jesus for a reward – 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16). Later, Jesus predicted that Judas would betray Him (Mark 14:20).
The betrayal happened in the Garden of Gethsemane. Using a prearranged sign (a kiss), Judas showed the authorities where Jesus was that night.
Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. But once he received the money, he was miserable, knowing he'd betrayed innocent blood. He tried to give back the money but the chief priest who had given him the money didn't want it. Judas couldn't live with himself after betraying Jesus. So, he hung himself.
“When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. ‘I have sinned,’ he said, ‘for I have betrayed innocent blood.’
“‘What is that to us?’ they replied. ‘That's your responsibility.’
“So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
“The chief priests picked up the coins and said, ‘It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.’ So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: ‘They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me.’”
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