Why Did Judas Betray Jesus?

Christianity is a religion that is complex and necessities many explanations.

If you are beginning on your journey to be accepted into the light that is the Lord’s faith, then it takes time to understand everything that is a part of the rich and complex nature of Christian life.

Why Did Judas Betray Jesus

This means that you may have some questions about being a Christian and everything that occurred in the Bible. So if you are wondering why Judas betrayed Jesus, then simply continue to read this article in order to find out.

Judas’ Betrayal Of Jesus

The Bible says that Judas betrayed Jesus because he was jealous of Jesus’ popularity. He wanted to take over Jesus’ followers.

Judas had a personal grudge against Jesus. He hated him because Jesus had humiliated him at the Last Supper. He also thought Jesus would die soon and that he could become the new leader of the church.

What is a “grudge”? A grudge is an intense dislike or hatred for someone, especially one who has wronged you in some way. It can be a feeling of anger, resentment, or revenge.

Jesus told his disciples that they should love their enemies. But Judas didn’t want to do this. He felt like Jesus had done something bad to him.

Jesus said: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap coals on his head.” (Matthew 5:44)

In other words, if you hate your enemy, don’t just ignore them. Instead, help them out when you have the chance.

In Luke 22:3-6, we read about how Judas felt after Jesus died. He went into the garden where Jesus was buried. He looked up at the sky and prayed: “O Lord my God, I am guilty before you!

This night I have been handed over to the power of the Gentiles. No, but you, O Lord, have seen this! You are greater than our hearts, and the heavens cannot contain you!”

He knew what he had done. He couldn’t deny it anymore. And he couldn’t change it either. So he decided to end his life.

But there was still hope. The book of Acts tells us that Peter and John were walking down the street when they saw a man named Simon. They asked him why he was crying.

Simon replied: “I am filled with remorse! I’m not worthy to look at the feet of such a great teacher as Jesus!”

Peter and John then took Simon to see Jesus. When Jesus saw Simon, he said: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has never revealed to you what is going to happen to me.

But now I tell you everything—you must turn around and go back to the disciple you belong to. He’s the one who will betray me.”

Why Did Judas Betray Jesus

So Peter and John turned around and walked away from Jesus. When Jesus realized that Peter and John had left, he called them back. Then he asked them: “Do you really understand what I’ve been telling you?”

They answered: “Yes, Master.”

Then Jesus said: “This very night you will all fall asleep. For the Scriptures say: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’

Afterward, I will raise up the good shepherd, whom the Father has appointed to watch over his flock.

Until now the gatekeeper stands guard at the door of the sheepfold, but the good shepherd comes and lays his hands upon the sheep, giving them eternal life.

And the sheep, knowing the voice of their master, follow him, because they know that his voice leads them to food.

But when he calls his own, they run away. That’s why I tell you: Whenever two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.

For where two or three gather together in my name, there am I among them.”

This was Jesus’s way of telling his disciples that it did not matter what happened to his earthly body or what the people of Earth believed in regard to matters on Earth – what was truly important was that they believed in the Christian faith and that they understood what was happening in our Lord’s heaven. 

Therefore, Jesus’s sacrifice was all the more essential because he did not have any regard for himself, and he knew that one of his disciples would betray him; this demonstrates the sheer power of love that Jesus had for the people of the world. 

He would die for their sins despite knowing that it would not cure the world of sin.

However, he knew that his sacrifice would serve as an example of what could be done by the people of the world and as such, Jesus was able to sacrifice himself willingly because he knew that he could change the minds and hearts of millions of people. 

Why It Is Important To Know Why Judas Betrayed Jesus? 

Judas’ betrayal of Jesus is one of the pivotal moments not only in the Bible but in history. For had Judas not been so filled with greed and jealousy, then Jesus would not have died for our sins.

We would not have seen how the glory of his life and death would have caused so much change in all our lives. 

It is, therefore, crucial to understand why Judas betrayed Jesus because Judas’ betrayal not only represents a pivotal moment, but it also represents the words of humanity.

Judas represents all the bad parts of us and ourselves whilst Jesus represents all the best parts of ourselves. 

Jesus’ sacrifice is all the more important for that fact – because by understanding that Judas is the worst of us and Jesus is the best of us, this ensures that we can truly reconcile ourselves to the light.

It brings about a new feeling of happiness and joy that is unlike any other that we feel when we doubt our faith in the Lord. 

So if you want to ensure that your impact is more like that of Jesus than Judas, then don’t hold back in spreading the gospel today. 

In Summary

The betrayal of Jesus by Judas teaches us many influential lessons. We can take these lessons and take heed of them during our every day lives.

Anneka Huddleston
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