MoneyJudas is always depicted as the great sinner. The one who betrayed Jesus.

Its only very rare that children, or even our family pets, get called Judas. Its the sort of name that tends to leave a bad taste in your mouth.

So, he disagreed with the way Jesus was going about setting up His kingdom! Surely, that’s a typical human reaction.

I wonder how we would react if we found ourselves caught up in an organisation led by a bearded, long-haired radical, who dined with known criminals and had a group of unemployed followers traipsing around the country side with him preaching peace and good will to all men.

Judas didn’t quite understand Jesus, so He gave up on the relationship and, ‘dobbed him in’. For this he was given 30 pieces of silver.

I really don’t think Judas felt his action would result in the death of Jesus. When he learned the horrible truth, the money meant nothing and it is said he was so demented, he went out and hanged himself.

Every time we sin, we too betray the Jesus who loves us. The sins of us all put Jesus on the cross, not just Judas’s betrayal.

Maybe it feels comfortable to blame Judas for what, in varying degrees, we are all responsible for. Maybe it suits us to use Judas as our scapegoat.

Peter Mack

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