14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him. (NKJ)
Judas - a name that is synonymous with betrayer. This name is almost never given to babies today.
Jesus had a half-brother named Judas, who wrote a book of the Bible. But church leaders wouldn't call it Judas. Instead, they called it Jude.
I once heard a man who said Judas wasn't that bad. Let's see.
Judas loved money more than he loved Jesus
6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
"What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?"
Hundreds of people walked away from Jesus when they realized He demanded their full devotion, but only Judas sought to sell Him out for money.
Judas received 30 pieces of silver = the cost of a slave. It was used to buy a small field.
Judas was entered into by Satan
21 When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me." 22 Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. 23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. 25 Then, leaning back on Jesus' breast, he said to Him, "Lord, who is it?" 26 Jesus answered, "It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it." And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly." 28 But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. (NKJ)
Judas was one of only two people in the New Testament entered into by Satan. The other one is the Antichrist.
Judas was called The Son of Perdition
12 "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. (NKJ)
Only one other person was called The Son of Perdition - the antichrist
II Thessalonians 2:1-4
1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (NKJ)
Judas and the antichrist are the only two in the NT called "The Son of Perdition" or "The Son of Hell."
Judas and the antichrist are the only two in the NT personally indwelt by Satan.
The antichrist will be someone who comes back to life after a fatal wound.
Could Judas be the antichrist? It is certainly possible.
At the very least, the Scripture talks of Judas the same way it talks about the antichrist = "The Son of Perdition."
Jesus Christ Must Be Everything to Us
Consider the other Eleven Disciples of Christ. They devoted their entire lives to Jesus Christ.
They weren't selling Jesus, they were buying Him!
Jesus was the one who died for them on the Cross.
He was the one who atoned for their sins.
Jesus reconciled them to God. He sanctified them.
He filled them with the Holy Spirit.
He gave them power to live holy lives and to bear much fruit
He healed their bodies.
He fitted them for Heaven
Jesus gave them every good thing that they needed.
2 Corinthians 1:20-22
20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (NKJ)
18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. (NKJ)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.(NKJ)
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (NKJ)
Do you have a prayer request? We would love to pray with you. To reach us, click here.