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Who Betrayed Jesus ?

who betrayed jesus

In the account of Jesus’ betrayal, Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, is identified as the person who betrayed Jesus Christ. This betrayal is a significant event in the Christian narrative, leading directly to Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion. The act of betrayal by Judas is depicted in several places within the New Testament, highlighting its importance in the passion narrative.

Relevant Bible Verses:

  1. Matthew 26:14-16, 47-50 (Bold): Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him… While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.
  2. Mark 14:10-11, 43-46 (Bold): This passage similarly recounts Judas’s agreement to betray Jesus for money and his actions leading to Jesus’ arrest.
  3. Luke 22:3-6, 47-48 (Bold): Luke’s account emphasizes Satan entering into Judas, prompting his decision to go to the chief priests and officers to discuss how he might betray Jesus.
  4. John 13:26-30 (Bold): John’s narrative provides a poignant moment during the Last Supper, where Jesus reveals that Judas would betray him.

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. The Human Capacity for Betrayal: Judas’s betrayal serves as a powerful reminder of the potential within every human heart for betrayal, even against those we should love and serve. It calls Christians to self-reflection and vigilance over their own loyalties and commitments.
  2. The Sovereignty of God in Salvation History: Despite the tragic nature of the betrayal, it was part of the divine plan for salvation. This event underscores God’s sovereignty over human history, including the most sorrowful and evil actions, turning them towards His purposes of redemption.
  3. The Price of Betrayal: Judas’s end, filled with remorse and leading to his suicide, is a somber warning about the consequences of sin, especially the sin of betraying trust and faithfulness. It teaches the importance of repentance and seeking forgiveness before it’s too late.


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