Judas the Accursed Who Betrayed Jesus
Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon Iscariot, was also one of the original 12 disciples of Jesus. He sojourned with Jesus, preaching the Gospel, casting out demons, and healing the sick. But these were not the reasons for his notoriety. Judas the Accursed (his nickname after betraying Jesus) is well known for his betrayal of Jesus Christ which led to Jesus’ crucifixion and death.
Based on the four Canonical Gospels, (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus by pointing Him out to the chief priests as they were not sure of his identity. In return, the chief priests gave Judas 30 pieces of silver. As a sign to the chief priests that Jesus was the one, Judas kissed Jesus on the cheek as his final act of betrayal. After Jesus was arrested, Judas showed remorse and returned the 30 silver coins to the high priests. Experiencing great inner termoil, Judas then hanged himself.
This betrayal of Judas the Accursed did not surprise Jesus because he knew in advance what would happen in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Jesus chose Judas just like the other eleven disciples, to fulfill the plan of God. Judas was called a traitor and up until this day, his name is symbolic with the term traitor throughout history.
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