Matthew 26:1-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2
Religious Leaders Plot Together to Kill Jesus
After Jesus had finished his discourse on the Mount of Olives with His disciples, He said to them, “You are all aware that the celebration for the Passover begins in two days. I, the Son of Man, will be betrayed and crucified.”
Meanwhile, two days before the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the leading priests and teachers of religious law of met at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest. They were still actively looking for an opportunity to murder Jesus and discussed how to capture Him secretly and have Him put to death. “But not during the Passover,” they all agreed, “or else there will be a riot.” They knew there was a possibility of turning the people of Jerusalem against them, which is something they greatly feared.
Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples. He went to the leading priests captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear that he was willing to betray Jesus, so they promised him a reward.
“How much are you willing to pay me to betray Jesus to you?” Judas asked.
(They gave him thirty pieces of silver.) From that time on, he began to look for the right opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him quietly when the crowds were not present.
It is hard for someone who is not a Christian to understand why Jesus would allow someone who would betray Him to be part of His inner circle. Jesus chose all twelve men who followed Him. He knew the type of men that He was choosing. He knew the value of their hearts. He knew their secret thoughts.
In choosing Matthew, Jesus let everyone know that anyone could come to serve God, as long as their hearts were in the right place. Judas Iscariot was also chosen as one of the first twelve disciples.
To be fair, Judas was not always under Satan’s influence. He may have been zealous to serve God and learn from the Man inspiring many people with His teachings and works of healing miracles. He was given a place of service.
The Creator God started forming us the moment we were conceived. The Omnipresent God shaped our psyche while we grew through life events good and bad. The All Powerful God knows more about us than we know of ourselves.
God already knows our future personalities and what we will become. He even knows the works we will accomplish.
Why would the Son of God allow someone He knew would betray Him to become part of His followers? The answer may be more simple than you realize.
God works through all things, good or bad, to accomplish His Will. Think about the rich stockbroker, a very successful person. In one day, when the stock market crashes and he loses everything, he takes that opportunity to change careers and become a school teacher. In the process, he begins to go to church and decides to become a Sunday school teacher. He later becomes a missionary and finds that he is the happiest that he could ever be in life. Out of something bad something good can happened.
Judas Iscariot’s betrayal is a prime example of something bad that God used to accomplish His Will. It was necessary that Judas betrayed Jesus. If the Pharisees were allowed to do it their way, there may have never been a trial, and Jesus may have never been crucified before the world.