And you may say, "Well, Judas is just a pawn in a cruel game; an innocent in the hands of cosmic powers. This all this unfair".
But earlier in the life of Jesus, the Apostle John records an important insight into Judas’ character. (And it also provides a snapshot on how the post-resurrection disciples viewed Judas' own heart.)
It's recorded in John 12:4:
The context here is that a woman has lavished expensive perfume on Jesus out of love.
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages. " 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.Like Pharaoh in Egypt, Judas was no 'saint' being overtaken unfairly by God. Or by Satan. No – he has something within him that eventually lead to the betrayal. He was like a gambler, who eventually HAD to sell his friends.
Because, like us, his heart was orientated a certain way.
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