Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

11th or 12th of Nisan. Judas was the keeper of the money the disciples carried. He had stolen some of the money for his own use. Then he betrayed Jesus his friend and teacher for money. Judas did not plan for the Priests to kill Jesus – Matthew 27:3-10. Judas had stolen some of the money for his own use – see John 12:6.

A few days earlier he had talked with the Priests about handing Jesus over to them and got thirty pieces of silver for information he was to provide.

Prophecy said that one of the Twelve would betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, the cost of a slave. Zechariah 11:12

Background Reading:

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus – The Plot to Kill Jesus

22:1 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. 2 So the high priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put him to death, because they were afraid of the crowd.

3 But Satan went into Judas called Iscariot, who belonged to the circle of the Twelve. 4 So he went off and discussed with the high priests and the Temple police how he could betray Jesus to them. 5 They were delighted, and agreed to give him money. 6 Judas accepted their offer and began to look for a good opportunity to betray Jesus to them when no crowd was present.
Luke 22:1-6
Also read: Matthew 26:1-5, 26:14-16, 26:20-25; Mark 14:1-2, 10-11; Luke 22:21-23: John 13:21-30 and John 11:45-53.


Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

26:14 Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the high priests 15 and inquired, “What are you willing to give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They offered him 30 pieces of silver, 16 and from then on he began to look for an opportunity to betray Jesus.
Matthew 26:14-16
Also read: Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6 and John 13:17-30

More Information:

Judas went to the Priests about two days before the feast of Unleavened Bread or Passover after the incident where a woman anointed Jesus’ head at Simon the Leper’s house. This was second time Jesus was anointed by perfume for His burial.

This was not unlike the first time where it was done by Mary on Jesus’ feet at her house where she lived with Martha and Lazarus four days earlier, e.g. six days before the Passover. See:- Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:1-6, John does not mention this incident.

Judas – Greek form of Judah which in Hebrew means praise. Judas came from the south of Israel while the rest of the disciples came from around where Jesus grew up in the north of Israel.

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