Matthew 27:3-8 – 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. 7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. 8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
Judas was guilty of “TREASON”! Webster defines “treason” as an act of deliberate betrayal. A betrayal of trust or confidence; breach of trust, especially treachery or treason. An act of cooperating with one’s enemy.
Let’s look at the treason itself! Judas was one of the 12 Disciples that Christ chose. In other words, He was Christ’s servant. Judas was one Jesus trusted, even though Jesus knew he would one day betray Him. When Jesus choose His Disciples, He said ” I have chosen you 12 and one of you is a devil”! Jesus knew Judas’ heart, yet He trusted Him to be one of His Disciples. Judas followed Christ for 3 years. He partake in all the good of His Master. He was taught about the ways of the kingdom of God, he was equipped by Jesus for ministry just like the other 11 disciples. He was one that daily break bread with Jesus. He saw Jesus perform one miracle after another. He saw Jesus made one provision after another for them also as His disciples, but yet he betrayed Him!
Even with the knowledge of Judas betrayal of Him, Jesus still loved Judas. Despite the unanswered questions, the truth still stands: Judas’ betrayal of Jesus fulfilled the prophetic message that David had written more than 1,000 years before in Psalm 41:9 – Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.
New Testament Prophecy: Matthew 26:23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.Luke 22:21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.
According to the account in the Gospel of John, Judas carried the disciples’ money bag. He betrayed Jesus for a bribe of “thirty pieces of silver” by identifying him with a kiss — “the kiss of Judas” — to the arresting soldiers of the High Priest Caiaphas, who then turned Jesus over to Pontius Pilate.
Look where greed lead Judas! Betrayal of His Master, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Betrayal is not uncommon. Saul betrayed David, Joseph brothers betrayed him, and Judas betrayed Jesus! Who has betrayed you?
Oh, the consequences and torment of betrayal! Judas was unable to deal with the guilt and shame of betraying Jesus, therefore, he took his own life by hanging himself.
The guilt and shame of betrayal will never leave us if we die apart from Christ. It will remain with us throughout eternity in everlasting torment.
What will you do with Jesus on today? Deny Him and betray Him or “Believe on Him”, “Trust Him” and Receive Him by faith? What is your choice? I pray it is the latter.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you!
I love you all with the love of Christ!