Was Judas son of Iscariot a good man?
Wednesday 12 April 2017
“One of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you?’ They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from that moment he looked for an opportunity to betray him.”
From the look of things, Judas may have resisted the offer quite a number of times before he gave in this that was to be the last. We can also defend Judas son of Simon Iscariot as not to have been the first among the disciples to be called aside by the chief priests. Logically, they may not have come directly to son of Simon Iscariot. It is only that the other disciples didn’t want to be open to tell us they had been approached with the offer and they resisted. I stand by Judas to say that he became sacrificial lamb. Judas, as we are informed he was finance minister, may have been a good bargainer than the rest of the disciples and therefore a 30 silver pieces was a good deal.
Judas may not have been there on the Last Supper, but was caught off-guard since Jesus anticipated the Passover which was allowed since the common men wanted to celebrate alone before joining the communal celebration where food might be scares due to the increased numbers of gate crashers.
It is at this anticipated Passover that Jesus with heavy heart and a lot of pain disclosed his betrayer. Jesus signed the cheque for Judas and other disciples in the finance committee to make arrangements for the anticipated Passover meal. They used a rented house, did the shopping and prepared the meal. All these could not have been possible without Judas Iscariot since he was incharge of finances.
During the meal, apart from thanking Judas and his company who booked the hotel and prepared the meal, he decided asked for the financial report from Judas who could not account for the surplus of 30 silver pieces. Jesus scolded him and was bitter and left, but after eating well like any other human being who cannot take blows anymore for the hands that has been feeding him.
The writers of the gospel lacked words to explain Jesus’ feelings and that is why Matthew says that Jesus wished that the betrayer should have not been born. A wish is the mind of God (God the Son) is equal to an accomplishes duty. Judas would have been annihilated immediately.
As we celebrate Easter, lets honour Judas who was a courageous man and emulate him in standing firm on what we believe. Judas may have been forgiven the act of betraying Jesus as we are told he showed repentance and resituate resituated the money. In any case, it is through his instrumentality that we enjoy the Easter events.
Sanctæ Teresæ a Iesu Infante, ora pro nobis