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Judas Betrayal: A Bible Lesson

Updated on November 17, 2019
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Angela first knew of Jesus as a child but did not walk with him until she was an adult. She now hopes to share the Good News with the world.


As the Bible teaches, we should learn from the mistakes of others. Who made a more significant mistake than Judas Iscariot? He failed so horribly that we even know him as Judas, the Traitor! Even when looking at him from a non-Christian perspective, he was a very dishonest man. For instance, he also stole money from a group he was part of, and he took a bribe to turn in a friend (Jesus). It did not take long before Judas Iscariot regretted his decision. Unfortunately, he couldn't change the outcome. He was in so much pain over this massive failure; he took his own life.

Judas and His Thirty Coins


Judas Betrayed Jesus

From a Christian perspective, how could Judas, someone who saw Jesus perform miracles, hear him speak, and spend every day with Him, turn Christ into those who would eventually kill him? In Judas's defense, he was unaware that his betrayal would lead to Jesus's crucifixion, but he should have known there was a possibility. Jesus had been foretelling the future throughout the past few days of his life. Many of the disciples still had no idea what lay ahead but realized a little too late what Jesus's words truly meant.

Even before Jesus' death, the Jews, including the disciples, were very aware of the theology. They knew a Savior was going to come. Judas himself lived every day with Jesus and knew this more than anyone else. He was one of Jesus' disciples; what an honor it was to be one of them. The problem was that Judas didn't realize what a great honor he had, yet he still helped work out God's plan for the glory of God, unintentionally.

The Bible Story

For those who are only vaguely familiar with the story, Judas was the treasurer amongst the disciples; therefore, the disciples and Jesus himself must have trusted him at one point to allow Judas to be responsible for the money. Before Judas did the ultimate betrayal, he first betrayed his friends by stealing from the money he was responsible for. In the grand scheme of things, this was a minute sin. His greatest sin came later when he betrayed Jesus!

Judas and Jesus: Pure Intentions?

The thing is, Judas did not become one of the disciples in order to betray Jesus. He most likely followed Jesus, because he saw that He was unique, someone who was worth following. He stayed with Jesus throughout this entire time. Unlike the other disciples, Judas never had a true conversion of spirit. He did not realize who this great man doing amazing miracles indeed was. If he had realized, he would not have betrayed his friend that way.

Although no one knows why Jesus accepted him into his circle, God, the father, revealed much to His Son. My guess is early on Jesus knew someone close to him would betray Him. No one knows how much God the Father revealed to His Son and how early on. But we do know it was all in God's ultimate will that there would be a betrayal. That does not change the fact that Jesus allowed Judas in His group of the most trusted disciples. Maybe it was merely to fulfill God's ultimate plan, so we all could find salvation.

Kiss of Judas


Judas' Original Sin

Regardless, the question remains, where did it all go wrong? When did stealing become the ultimate betrayal? Well, let's look back at his embezzlement from the treasury. It may have started innocently enough. It is just speculation, but he probably needed money for bread. Although he could have asked for help, I'm sure Jesus or one of the disciples would have provided. But he stole money, most likely due to pride, jealousy, or love of money. The Word does not reveal this to us.

The small act was a sin. No matter how small, sin is sin, and sin leads to the ultimate destruction of ourselves. When we do "small" wrongdoings, we become immune to the Holy Spirit, telling us we are in the wrong. It becomes easier to do that small sin; therefore, an even bigger crime seems not so wrong.

Maybe the next time he stole, it was because he wanted more comfortable sandals. He didn't need them, just wanted. That didn't seem so bad after a while, so he did a bigger sin, then a bigger sin. That by the time he asked the priests how much they would pay him for turning in Jesus; he had become immune to the guilty feeling of his conscience.

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The problem is, this sin overwhelmed him so much. The moment they took Jesus away, he began to feel tremendous regret for what he did. This regret does not appear to be a repentant regret that would lead to his salvation, but more of a worldly regret.

He tried to relieve himself of this awful pain and even begged the men to take the money back and release Jesus. The men refused. Though he felt so great a pain, I don't believe He truly understood the depth of his sin. For him, it was more like finding out that you were the cause for someone to being put to death, not that you betrayed God. Still, even Judas knew that this sin was great. It was so great; it could not be reversed. He had done something so despicable. He did the only thing he knew to do; kill himself.

Although most of us will never lead ourselves so deep into sin that we take our own lives, we do follow sin to our ultimate destruction. We start small until they no longer feel like sins at all. They get bigger and bigger until we aren't sure what the right thing to do is anymore. We need to be careful of those small sins. They are just as important as the bigger ones. God does not see this sin as great, and this one as small. He sees sin as sin; it's all the same to Him.

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz


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    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      8 years ago from United States

      I am a redhead as well.

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      Jesus D Zeus 

      8 years ago

      Yes, Judas was a redhead; and so was Jesus.

      Judas did not betray Jesus. See attached article 'Jesus' account of his last Passover' from ...

      To all redheads. please pass it on.

      Be proud of your heritage. Soon there will be a lot demanded of you.

      You are not Celts. Celts or Keltae are Proto-Europeans of Central Europe, nicknamed so by the Nordic Danaans. The nickname means 'horseshoe smiths' (may be derogatively). They were the first to shoe chariot horses and they are also the best construction engineers. (See references below or attached).

      Redheads are the pure descendants of Adam. ('Adam' is a Chaldean word meaning 'Redhead'. The Adamite (Ionian Greek) equivalent is 'Phoenix'). You are the last and superior race on the planet. This is why you will be called upon soon to handle very serious responsibilities.

      Read my 'Synoptic History of Mankind' and 'A Reappraisal of Thoth-Hermes' from my Site at for a fuller information and also to see how the Adamite race has been systematically persecuted, exterminated or thinned out, over millennia.

      The extermination of the Adamites has been the worse genocide on the planet.

      Unfortunately, in racial mixing the fairer race is the receding race. So, in appearance I am not a Redhead but I know my soul ancestry, as you will realize from my articles.

      Jesus Demetris Zeus


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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      10 years ago from United States

      That is definitely an interesting thought. I wonder if Judas had not killed himself before Jesus had risen from the dead, if Jesus would have chosen Judas as one of those he visited. I think Judas was so ignorant to God's plan that he lost sight of everything, including himself.

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      Jason R. Manning 

      10 years ago from Sacramento, California

      There is something very poignant in this story, almost like the chicken and the egg. We had to have the crucifixion in order to be saved, we had to have betrayal (maybe) and some poor dupe had to earn the eternal epitaph. Well written hub; in my minuscule opinion, Christ’s glory would have really stunned us had Jesus be able to go before Judas after the resurrection and forgiven him.

      Voted up.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Thank you stars. :) I'm glad you stopped by,

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Thank Pamela, I always appreciate your comments. :)

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Judah's Daughter, Interesting. That is a very important verse that I really need to find a place in this hub. Thank you so much for that very insightful comment.

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      11 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Great hub. God Bless You

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is an excellent hub. Rated up!

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      Judah's Daughter 

      11 years ago from Roseville, CA

      John 6:70 "Jesus answered them, 'Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?'" It appears Judas was a 'devil' from the get-go and thus, Jesus chose him for this purpose. Children of the devil do their father's will (John 8:44). That same verse states the devil was a murderer from the beginning. Satan used Judas to kill two: Jesus and himself.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Minnetonka, yes a lie is a lie, I think sometimes we forget that as we "embellish" the truth.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Garnetbird, I had a hard time with Passion. I think if it was in English it would have been easier for me, although I know some people felt it added realism by having subtitles.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much for such a great compliment samsons!

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      Linda Rogers 

      11 years ago from Minnesota

      I really enjoyed this hub on Judas. I rated this up and awesome as we are all sinners and need to be reminded that little lies are lies, nonetheless. Thanks for a great hub.

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      11 years ago

      I really liked the Passion by Mel Gibson as it showed the true horror of Judas's guilt and betrayal.

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      11 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up! Truly a remarkable hub...

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Thank you fetty. This is exactly how I feel, and I could not have put it better!

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      11 years ago from South Jersey

      I believe that even Judas was picked by God the father ahead of time to play this most important role of betrayer. As a CCD teacher I have read stories to my students about the immense tree that grew in the forest. It was never cut down while smaller trees were harvested first. Finally the Roman soldiers came and brought this tree to Calvary. Without Judas , God's plan for our redemption would never have taken place. I read somewhere that Jesus had a very close relationship with Judas. I can't imagine how he felt as Jesus died on that cross. Great hub because it is modern and a very good read.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Thank you Mentalist.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      That is true, but I think the difference was the heart behind it. Peter denied him to save his own life, but later allowed his life to be taken for the sake of Jesus Christ. He had true repentance.

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      Mentalist acer 

      11 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      A useful thought about the elevation of circumstance;)

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      11 years ago from US

      Peter denied him just as Jesus said but the rest took off and to me that is denial too, so they all betrayed Him in their own way.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      ecoggins, your words are so true! Thanks for your input! I think that's why many believe his giving the money back and killing himself wasn't true repentance, because if he had repented he would have realized that he didn't have to kill himself. It is a really sad story. My heart broke awhile back when I was studying it.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      dahoglund, that would make a lot of sense actually. I'd like to read into that theory. Hmmm...

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      bayoulady, someone actually named their child "Judas" It would be like someone naming their child Adolph? There are some names you just shouldn't name your child!

      Aside from that, thank you for the compliment. By the way, did you know that some believe that Judas was a red head. I think it's unlikely, knowing his origin, but red heads are known for being untrustworthy and full of witchcraft (I'm a redhead).

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      11 years ago from Corona, California

      This is a very interesting hub. The story of Judas is sad, but it did not have to end the way that it did. Even after he had betrayed Jesus, he could have repented and been forgiven and accepted like Peter who denied Jesus three times but was later restored to lead the early church. It is also true that little sins lead to bad habits that snowball into bigger bolder sins. I must admit if not for the grace of God there go I. Thanks be to Jesus Christ our Lord who saved us from this body of death.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      One theory I have heard it that he was one of the group that expected a warrior savior to overthrow Rome.

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      11 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Thumbs up for a well written hub. The life of Judas is sad indeed. His name forever is entwined with Jesus as the betrayer. I once had a student named Judas. He was the cutest little red headed frecled face young fellow. Very sweet he was, but no child wanted to play with him. I've always thought it was his name that put him at a distance from others. Who would name their child that?


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