My name means nothing…my life over all, accounts for nothing. All that matters is my story. And my story is all I have to offer you, in hope that you may take something from it and do better than I.
I will not trouble you with the details of my life, all you need to know is I was born in a distant land many, many years ago. My family was not rich, yet my love for money was great. I often dreamed of being a rich man. Oh how I longed for silver and gold. I imagined the life I could give my Father and Mother, my wife and children.
One day a man came to me, he told me that if I served him, that I would receive many crowns. So I followed him. There were twelve of us men who served this man willingly. He offered us no steady pay, just a promise of future rewards. I became treasurer of our group, and I handled all of our money.
The man I served was a good man. He cared for all of us as if we were brothers. He helped us in times of need, and trained us to be like him. We traveled to many places, and I often saw Him perform miracles I’ve seen no man ever do. This great man we called Master. And we in all accounts were his faithful servants. Though I witnessed him do many great things I was not certain who he really was. Many of the other men who served with me were uncertain as well. But he loved us, that I know. If only I had seen, and believed then. Master cared for all. Everyone he met he loved. Some say that is impossible, but I stand witness of the fact, he truly loved all, even his enemies, the religious leaders of my day. They were jealous of my Master because the people loved him. He healed the sick, and broken hearted. He taught the people right from wrong, and fed them spiritually and physically. He was indeed perfect.
No words can describe truly the shame I bare. In time I became very wary of the life we lived, many days we would go with not a proper bed to rest or no bread to eat. All this I thought I suffered with no pay. And we also were not favored by the religious and important men.
A time of religious service called the Passover was nearing. I was more angry then ever at my circumstances. I out of spite, and out of all I can assume was the Devil’s leading. I approached the leaders who sought my masters undoing. I offered him to them for a reward. I turned over the man who cared so much for me. I betrayed the most perfect man that ever lived. And all for 30 pieces of silver. A slaves price in my day. I sold him like a slave.
And he died. He died the death I deserved. He died in my place.
Throughout man’s history there have been bad men, traitors, men known for evil. But no name knows the shame and disgrace as mine. No death has ever known the bitter remorse. No man the pain of his own sin. I wronged not only my master, but all mankind. I betrayed even myself; for my name is Judas.
The above was written by my granddaughter, Lyndsey while she was a college student. She was required to write a biography of a Biblical character. Below are the scripture text she drew upon.
Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.
And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.
He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.
Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him
Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus oft times resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.