Was Judas A Saint or A Sinner?
Judas was one of Jesus Christ's twelve Apostles. He is also the on who betrayed Him with a kiss. In Mark 14:43-45 And immediately, while he was yet speaking, Judas arrived and with him a crowd, with swords and clubs. Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying " Whoever it is I kiss, this is he; take him into custody and lead him away safely. And he came straight up and approached him and said, "Rabbi" and kissed him.
The kiss that would identify Jesus to the soldiers who were looking for Him. Those soldiers would turn Jesus over to Pontius Pilate's soldiers.
In the bible, we are taught that the main reason Judas betrayed Jesus was for money. Judas had an extreme desire for money. Judas was also the the treasurer of Jesus and his twelve Apostles. Since Judas loved money so much, he betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. But, didn't Jesus say, " It is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle, then for the rich to enter Paradise"?
We also have a modern version of that saying " The love of money is the root of all evil"
However, there is another theory about Judas and the betrayal of Jesus.
Jesus Our Savior
As many of us know, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the one who came into this world, not to save the Jewish people from the Roman Empire, but the the entire world of our sins. Jesus often spoke about The Kingdom of God. We know that God's Kingdom is not on earth, but it will be in Paradise. This is written in the book of Revelation.
Judas, however thought Jesus was going to save the Jewish people from the Roman Empire on earth. Jesus was supposed to restore the kingdom to Israel. ( acts 1:6) Even after Jesus had told Judas, and the other Apostles that the Kingdom was going to be of God. And that the Kingdom of God was going to be in Heaven, not on earth.
Since Jesus did not restore the kingdom on earth to Israel, that could be one of the reasons, Judas betrayed Jesus.
In John 18:3-4 Judas, after taking the band of Pharisees to the place where Jesus was, Jesus asked them who the were looking for. When they told Him they were looking for " Jesus of Nazareth", Jesus answered them " I am He" In this verse of the bible, Judas did not kiss Jesus, Jesus identified himself. However, Judas still collected the thirty pieces of silver.
After learning that Jesus was going to be crucified, Judas felt remorse and tried to return the silver. When the Pharisees refused to accept the silver back, Judas went off and hanged himself. We know that because Judas hung himself, he truly felt sorrow for betraying Jesus. He no longer wanted the money.
After Judas' death the Pharisees took the thirty pieces of silver a bought a field. Then they buried the Judas' body in this field. The name of this field is now "The field of blood"
The Dead Sea Scrolls
There exists a manuscript, which is on of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered between 1946 and 1956. They are a collection of 972 texts which were found in caves about one mile inland in caves northeast from the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are very important and very delicate. About 40% of them contain the same writings that are included in Hebrew Bible. Many of them have been written in languages such as Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. They are also very old. Some of them date back to 250 B.C, but most of them date back to 50-100 A.D. Because the scrolls are in very delicate condition, it has taken a very long time to translate them. There is one that has been translated, that is extremely interesting. It has been named the Gospel of Judas.
According to the Gospel of Judas, Judas betrayed Jesus to the authorities, because he was being obedient to Jesus to the instructions of Jesus himself. The Gospel of Judas also suggests, that Christ planned the events, which led to His death.
In the Gospel of Judas, Jesus also tells Judas that he will be cursed for generations. This has come true, in Russia it is illegal to name your child Judas. However, there are many other biblical names people use when naming their children. Names like Peter, Paul, Mary etc.
Judas had acted as a divinely appointed person, in order to help with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in order to save the souls of all humanity. In other words, Judas was able to help Jesus Christ, be crucified, so we could be forgiven of our sins.
But, this is only in the book of Judas, the one that was found in the Dead Sea scrolls. Not all of it was able to be put back together perfectly. So, the translation was never able to be completed.
The book of Judas dates back to about 300 A.D. so even though has the signature " Judas" on it, it was not written by Judas. So, it is not known if there is any truth to the book of Judas at all.
Was Judas a Saint or a Sinner
Judas was the the only one who never call Jesus "Lord" Judas only called Jesus " Rabbi" Judas also loved money, and did betray Jesus for money. Judas also allowed satan to enter his heart. Luke 22:3, which happened before he went to the high priests and offered to hand over Jesus to the Romans for thirty pieces of silver.
However, if Judas had not helped Identify Jesus Christ to the Romans, then would Jesus Christ have ever been crucified? What would have happened to the human race if Jesus Christ had never been crucified, died, then rose from the dead. Would have ever been forgiven of our sins? The reason God gave us His only begotten Son, was that He would be crucified, died, and would rise from the dead three days later.
We know that we have been forgiven of our sins. But, what if we had not been forgiven of our sins? What would the world be like today, if our sins had not been forgiven? Would our souls be lost forever? Would we never be allowed to go to Paradise?
So, is Judas a sinner or a saint?
What do you think?
- What happend to make pagans become Christians?
Constantine helped pagans become Christians. When pagans became Christians, their sins were forgiven also. What a wonderful gift from God! Pagans SHOULD become Christians