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by Dion Todd in General Questions about June 9, 2016 open - report

Why did Judas Iscariot betray Jesus?

Why did Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, betray Jesus?

 

Personally I believe that everyone has to make a choice, and Judas made his. Peter could have betrayed Jesus, but he chose not to. The thieves crucified on each side of Jesus both made different choices, and each of us have our own choice to make as well.

 

The thing is, that God knows the end from the beginning, and can see what choice a person will make before it happens. Jesus predicted the future when He spoke of being betrayed by one of the twelve in Matthew 26:21. It is possible that Judas was mislead and wanted to force Jesus to be king. All the disciples thought that Jesus was going to set up an earthly kingdom and kick out the Roman occupiers. Judas may have wanted to bring this to pass by forcing the issue sooner. When Jesus was instead crucified, Judas went and hanged himself... Just a thought.

 

May you have a blessed week,

Dion

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    by Andy Morthole about June 17, 2016

    Isaiah chapter 53 gives us a glimps into what God prepared to be the ultimate atoning sacrifice. Jesus was, even then, to be given up to the chief priests and the scribes. Jesus knew at the last supper who would betray him and even states it when he broke bread. Yet...Jesus loved even him. Even the one who was to betray him...he loved.
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    by Tyler Velau about June 16, 2016

    I don't know the biblical story, I have heard little about it on TV and on the internet off and on but not the whole story. But I would still like to give an answer. I think part of it may have been jealousy, greed, and maybe he thought Jesus would put someone else in a higher position than him in the kingdom he thought Jesus would build. There are a lot of variables that I don't think people take into consideration about this issue. Jesus knew full well who would betray him long before it happened. There is a multitude of possible reasons for Judas' betrayal of Jesus, singling out one is rather difficult to do especially considering the possibility that there could have been more than one reason for the act. 

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    • John Worden IV
      by John Worden IV
      June 17, 2016

      Read the biblical story. It gives a plausible reason for his actions, as does John.

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    by John Worden IV about June 15, 2016

    After Jesus was arrested Judas threw the money back at the High Priests, sorry for what he hd caused to happen to Jesus. Would this be considered Judas repenting of his actions?

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    by Darlene Blackmon about June 10, 2016

    Oh ok.....that's right. I totally forgot that part of it....for me, it's hard to know what true intentions Judas had other than for the coins he got and for the obvious reasons the bible brought to light....meaning, leading to Jesus ' s crucifixion.
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    • Dion Todd
      by Dion Todd
      June 11, 2016

      Judas did love money, he was a thief, and oddly enough, Jesus made him keeper of the money bag. Everyone gets their chance to make the right decision: “But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t...  more

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    by Darlene Blackmon about June 10, 2016

    Good insight question but I am a little confused about "Peter could have betrayed Jesus but he chose not to"....we're you meaning after he denied Jesus 3 times?
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    • Dion Todd
      by Dion Todd
      June 10, 2016

      Peter and the other disciples could have turned Jesus over to the Priests just as Judas did, but they chose not to. Peter later denied knowing Jesus to save his own skin because he was afraid but he did not sell Jesus out.

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