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Judas was One of the Twelve
“What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you” (Matthew 26:15)? For Christians who have come to know Jesus Christ personally, every time we read, or hear this question it stuns our minds and shakes us to our souls. How could one who had walked and talked and eaten with Jesus for three years, ever reduce that relationship to such a thought, indeed, such and action. Judas was one of the Twelve. He had been personally chosen and called by Jesus, just like all of the others. He had seen Jesus give sight to the blind, cure paralytics, exorcise demons, and raise the dead. He had sat close to him with the others and heard him reveal the truth about things. Being with Jesus could not have been an ordinary experience. To have been one so close to Jesus, to have known the tone of his voice, the power of his touch, the penetrating love in his eyes, must have been ‘impressive’ to say the least. Judas would have experienced all of that, yet there was something in him that was willfully blind, deaf, and dumb to the truth of who Jesus was. Maybe it was the fact that he was the keeper of the purse. He was the one who handled the money. Maybe he saw taking care of the poor, the widow and orphan, the sick as just part of the “business” in this traveling mission he was a part of through the last three years. Maybe he felt he was more important to the mission, and that it wasn’t going the way “he” wanted it to. Maybe he saw that there was the potential for much more income to be made by this mission and wanted it to be…