What’s wrong Jesus?
Why did Jesus choose Judas?
John 13 v18-21 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfil this passage of Scripture: “He who shared my bread has turned against me.”19 ‘I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.’ 21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, ‘Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”
v 21 “After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. “One of you is going to betray me.” (Message)
We have been seeing on the way to the cross Jesus being visibly upset a few times. Here, John writes Jesus was troubled and we remember how he entered this state concerning his own death in 12:27. But also before that in 11:33 when he becomes angry over the impact of the power of death on people who loved Lazarus. But here Jesus goes on to explain it is because of Judas though the disciples don’t understand at the time.
So why did Jesus choose Judas?
- For the prophetic Scripture to be fulfilled.
We love how the Bible prophesies so much about Jesus. Where he was born, where he would live and where he would die. In fact we love the promises of the Bible. We underline them, we buy fridge magnets of them and we post pretty pictures on social media about them. I have yet to see this Bible promise of David anywhere being held on to, I certainly don’t have it displayed:
Psalm 41:9 “Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.” Hallelujah?
From an early age Jesus had been underlining the prophetic Scriptures in his heart. He was aligning himself up on the path that his Father had laid out. Jesus had to choose a friend, a follower, one of the team to betray him.
The prophecy was originally set around David of course. He was running away from his own son, Absalom, who was trying to kill him. But the hurt for David was not only this but his confidante, counsellor and friend, Ahithophel who shared his table and ate his food was part of the conspiracy to kill him.
Jesus chose his Ahithophel and we saw it in Chapter 6 v70-71 “Then Jesus replied, ‘Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!’ (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.)”
And we may think well that’s unfair on Judas, he had no choice. If we do then we have missed the prophetic insight. Jesus was chosen but was he forced to go the path of the cross, NO. He chose. The same applies to Judas.
If we still think it is unfair then here is another reason Judas was chosen.
- Judas is us!
Judas became disappointed in Jesus that he wasn’t doing what he wanted. Jesus was not turning out to be the Messiah Judas longed for.
Ever not had your prayers answered the way you wanted?
Judas had got to the point of ‘do this or I leave’. Ever threatened God?
The lifting of the heel is a picture of a horse kicking back. Ever tried to force something to happen? Judas so wanted Jesus to be a certain Messiah, he knew Jesus was innocent, but he created a scene, a stand-off that surely Jesus would rise and fight back physically against the religious regime and then ultimately Rome. The stand-off was really Judas v Jesus.
Judas helped himself to the money. No one knew. Everyone just saw Judas like themselves. Judas had sacrificed 3 years of his life. Had left everything and followed Jesus. Had taken part in miracles and life-changing stories. He was ready to die for Jesus, just like them. They liked him. He was one of them, a friend of Jesus.
Ever been let down by someone who was charismatic, full of faith, a friend and yet under scrutiny you heard how they had been fiddling their expenses, Illicit gain and dodging the taxes that you agree to pay? Judas is around us. And maybe you know how close this is to your testimony. Judas is us!
The gospel of John is written that we may know Jesus has taken our sins upon Him, even the sins of lifting up the heel, of betrayal against our friend of all friends. So that we may believe and follow.