Why Judas Betrayed Jesus

  Why Judas Betrayed Jesus

Why Judas Betrayed Jesus - Does the Bible say?

The Bible does not say exactly why Judas betrayed Jesus. Some have speculated that Judas did it for the money. Since Judas had access to the disciples’ money, this seems unlikely. Also, 30 pieces of silver is a relatively small amount.

Others have suggested that Judas believed his betrayal would force Jesus into overthrowing the Romans. Or perhaps Judas thought Jesus was a false Messiah.

The biggest clue the Bible gives us is found in Luke where it says that Satan entered Judas: “Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present” (Luke 22:1-6).

Why Judas Betrayed Jesus - The Result
Whatever his motive, we know that Judas did betray Judas. Following his betrayal, he felt remorse:

“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.’” (Matthew 27:5-10)

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