Tuesday of Holy Week, is said to be the day Judas Iscariot went to the High Priests with an offer to betray Jesus. We continue today with a devotion from His Passion, this one by Tony Campolo.
Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
Jesus really did abandon power when He lived among us. He wasn’t simply holding back and pretending to possess our physical limitations–He truly was one of us. We don’t like that fact and do our best to suppress it. We want to think of Him disguising Himself as a sophisticated Rotarian who could step into a phone booth, rip off His robes, and show us who He is–a first century Clark Kent/Superman.
Judas was one who refused to accept such a limited Messiah. On Palm Sunday, power had been within the Master’s grasp. It was the logical time to take over. It was the opportunity to rally the masses to the cause, the hour when He should claim power. And Jesus let it all slip away.
Some think that Judas betrayed Jesus in order to force Him to play the power game and establish His rule. Those who hold this theory suggest that Judas felt that if Jesus were left with no alternative, He would be forced away from His reluctance to seize the throne. If that was the plan of Judas, it all backfired. Perhaps it was when he realized that his attempt to manipulate Jesus into using power only resulted in the death of one who had loved him infinitely that Judas hanged himself.
– Anthony Campolo from His Passion: Christ’s Journey to the Resurrection.