Why did Jesus allow Judas to betray Him?
when He clearly knew Judas' evil intention?
So He could die on the cross, be resurrected and destroy the works of Satan (His purpose in the first place).
Everything works in accordance with God's purpose. The betrayal of Jesus by Judas is perplexing to most of us, but it was something that had to be done in order to fulfill God's plan of salvation for the human race. Plus, Christ walked this earth in a human body to become one of us. Jesus felt pain, hunger, and grief so that he could take our place. He even knows what it feels like to be betrayed by a friend.
It was to fulfill the prophecy---that Jesus would die for our sins. Jesus knew He was going to have to die. The Lord does work in mysterious ways...
I think this was a matter where Judas exercised his own choice. Remember Judas was a greedy man. There are consequences for greed. 1. God allows us to make choices within his permissive will. 2. God knows what we will do before we do it. We can't blame Jesus. Look at the greed and lust that impacts the church: Jim and Tammy Baker, Jimmy Swaggart, Eddie Long, Craig Lamar Davis, etc.
When we sin, we have the nerve to ask God why He allowed us to do so. However, we know the answer. He wants us to do what is right because we love Him and are obedient to His Word.
there was a choice factor because Jesus agonized all night long over what to do.
I did not take the agonizing to be about Judas but Jesus, in the flesh, thinking of what as before him. He was expressing human emotions. He was both God and man.
It was all part of the plan of redemption.
In order for Jesus to redeem mankind, He had to pay the penalty of sin, which is death. Death had to come at the hand of another, hence Judas betrayal. Death had to also be sacrificial. Jesus is the sinless lamb of God. He had committed no crime, he had not sinned against God or man. He was the sacrifice chosen to cover the sin of mankind.
Death was the first part of our redemption. Jesus had to suffer in Hell to make the complete identification with sin's eternal punishment.
When Jesus rose from the dead, He effectively broke the power of sin over mankind; redeeming us from a well deserved eternity in Hell and, providing us with the means whereby we can spend eternity with Him, (as was originally intended prior to man's fall). Hope this helps
Jesus predicted one of his Apostles would betray him. Jesus allowed Judas to betray him to fulfill scripture. By Judas betraying Jesus, Jesus proved himself to be the Messiah. He was crucified, died on the cross and was resurrected. Even doubting Thomas believed when he saw Jesus rise from the dead.
just off the top of my head, I'd say Jesus was out to show by example that death is not real.
I think everyone knows that Jesus allowed Judas to betray him to fulfill a prophecy. It was God's plan that Jesus be betrayed and crucified. According to the Gospel of Judas, Judas was Jesus's most favorite apostle and Judas was the only one of the apostles that knew and understood who Jesus really was. According to the gospel Jesus told Judas things that he didn't tell the other apostles. So in order for Jesus to be able to leave his earthly body and return to his rightful place in the heavens, Judas had to betray him. Therefore, in order for Jesus to complete is mission Judas had to play the most significant role in history. Judas, according to the gospel, understood his role and graciously embraced it. This is a very interesting gnostic gospel as the other gnostic gospels if indeed they are gnostic. We must remember man decided what was included in the Christian canon.
Wow! If he understood it and graciously embraced it, why did he kill himself. It was not really betrayal if it was understood between them. I think Peter was the beloved disciple based on Scripture.
In my opinion, Jesus allowed Judas to betray him to fulfill a prophecy. I think that it was planned way before God sent Jesus "his only son" to earth. The whole betrayal was part of an grand plan to save mankind.
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