MAR 24, 2024


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Who Was Judas?

1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Luke 9:1-2

His Moment of Decision

1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.”
John 12:1-5

He 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

7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
John 12:7-8

10 Then Judas…went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Mark 14:10-11

His Moment of Betrayal

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him
was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests
and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with
them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus,
Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. Jesus replied, 50 “Do what
you came for, friend.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and
arrested him.
Matthew 26:47-50

His Moment of Despair

3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he
was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief
priests and the elders.  4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed
innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your
responsibility.” 5 So, Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then
he went away and hanged himself.
Matthew 27:3-5

What Would Judas Say?



Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23