Why Did Judas Betray Christ?

If you have been a Christian very long and have studied your Bible you are familiar with the story of Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve chosen apostles, who betrayed Christ.  For those who may not know here is a little background information.

Judas was believed to belong to a group and was known as a Zealot.  It was a Jewish patriotic party started to resist Roman aggression.  The Zealots resorted to violence and assassination in their hatred of the Romans.  Judas must have believed Jesus was the Messiah and would lead the revolt against the Romans.

He was selected by Jesus and appointed treasurer for the apostles.  It is apparent that he would become a factor in the revolution and receive a high position in God’s kingdom on earth.  Judas as many Jews had misunderstood prophecy coming from Daniel.  2:44 – “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.” Daniel 7:13 – 14 – “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

What an honor to be in the planning stages to defeat the Roman armies.  He heard everything that Jesus taught but his background and beliefs were so imbedded that he could never grasp what Christ was teaching.  Most of the world has the same mindset.  They believe what they believe and that can never change.  They ignore the facts and believe everyone else is wrong but themselves.

After three years of being in the group he knew that Jesus was not fulfilling what Judas believed a Messiah should be doing.  Christ talked about serving and not being served.  He told them about death on a cross. Was he trying to force Jesus to use His powers to prove He was the Messiah?  It could be that he no longer believed that Jesus was God’s chosen one.  Judas had become so disillusioned that he allowed Satan to enter into him.

Luke 22:3 – 4 – “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.”

God has a reason for everything.  I keep wondering what was Christ’s purpose of choosing Judas in the first place knowing that he would betray Him.  Was it to show that the devil can be an integral part of any religious denomination?  Or, without an open heart and the willingness to accept Christ, a person could allow a satanic spirit to enter their body?  At least it shows us that even Satan did not understand God’s plan.  The death on the cross and the resurrection was God’s main plan.  It not only tells us a lot about Judas but what Satan doesn’t know.  Apparently Satan knows Scripture but doesn’t necessarily know what it means.  Do you know people like that?  Much of the Bible can be read and misunderstood without the Holy Spirit interpreting.

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