"... those of us who are used to hearing the story of Judas Iscariot may be a little hardened to it, and we need to remind ourselves what was actually happening.
Judas was one of Jesus' closest friends and trusted companions. Trusted? Yes: he kept the
purse. He was the treasurer... you give them a great temptation to misuse their trust, but
Jesus presumably had trusted Judas, at least in the beginning. We of course look back on the story and we know from early on that Judas was the traitor, but nobody else knew that at the time. In the story we've just read, when Jesus says, 'One of you is going to betray me,' they don't all turn round and point the finder at Judas and say, 'Oh yes, we all know who that's going to be.' They were all worried: it isn't going to be me, is it? Only Jesus knows. Judas is one of them. He has been part of it all, has seen Jesus heal lepers, preach the gospel, raise the dead. He's done it himself, casting out demons in Jesus' name, watching God's
power do new things. And now...
We don't know why Judas did it" (Wright 34).
What do you think?
Why did Judas do it?
Have turned Judas into a villain?
If so, does he deserve it?