Judas

“What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. — Matthew 26:15

What was Judas thinking? He had followed Jesus as one of the twelve chosen apostles for three years. He had received teaching not trusted to outsiders. He had not only seen miracles but performed them under Jesus’ tutelage.

He had been present when Peter confessed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. From that time on, he must have known that whenever he looked at Jesus, he saw the face of God.

John’s gospel points out that Judas kept the money  for the group. It was certainly John’s view that the money corrupted Judas and that he helped himself to it (John 12:6).

Writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, John judged rightly. But Judas betrayed his master to cover embezzlement? Probably no one finds that explanation entirely satisfactory.

Some modern commentators suggest that Judas never quite figured out what kind of kingdom Jesus intended to introduce. According to this view, he thought the Christ should rid the Jewish Promised Land of Roman influence and establish a permanent earthly kingdom.

Impatient that Jesus either did not understand his role or that he was moving to slowly, they say Judas tried to force his hand by going to the priests. Does that satisfactorily explain why Judas betrayed his master?

Perhaps God never intended to explain it to us. Perhaps instead, he intended Judas as an object lesson of the depths to which sin can drive even those closest to Jesus.

If we take our attention from Jesus and place it on our own thoughts and motives, Satan can make almost anything seem right. Perhaps when we look at Judas, God only intends for us to shudder and return to looking to Jesus.


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  1. Mr. English Viking. I have no idea whether or not god etxsis. I do perceive that some sort of power of creation etxsis for are we not all here? If some people want to call that power god then I don’t have a problem with that. I prefer to call it nature. To be honest, I’m really not into organised religion but I don’t have a downer on anyone who is. People should be free to chose how they practice or not practice belief. I don’t think any less of you for being a Christian. Why should I? After all I used to regularly attend church with my family. On official forms I still class myself as C of E because I’m not an atheist and I have never renounced my baptism or confirmation. Nor will I because it’s part of what I am. I was bought up to respect Christian values and I have yet to find a better alternative. However, there is no place for religious dogma in my life. As for my chosen handle, the choice is up to me, is it not? Gnosis derives from the greek word for knowledge or enlightenment. One does not have to be of a religious persuasion to possess either of these qualities. A small conceit on my part, n’est pas?

    • Not a small conceit, unfortunately. Religious dogma aside, God created everything that is and his work is plainly manifest to everyone. You have found no alternative to Christian values because none exists. Knowledge and enlightenment exist on the foundation of who God is, what he has done, and what he continues to do. The only way to choose life instead of death is to choose God, and the work of God is to believe (not believe in, but believe) the one he sent–the risen Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit. And you can’t experience Jesus in isolation from others. Christian fellowship and organized religion are not synonymous! Ask God to speak into your heart and direct your path. I’m praying for you.

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