(This is part 5 of an 8-part series on the last days of Jesus by Pastor Gilbert Owens. This series highlights the key events of Jesus Christ last days leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection. This series is based on Pastor Gilbert Owens study and research.)
The long hours of teaching in Tuesday leaves Jesus tired and exhausted. He uses Wednesday as a day to rest, knowing full well He would need all of his mental and physical strength to make it to and through his day of crucifixion.
While resting at the home Lazarus, one of his disciples makes a monumental decision which leads to an act on his part that will change the world forever.
Of Jesus 12 disciples, the one named Judas Iscariot, was the only one who was not born and raised in Galilee. Judas was born and raised in a small town in southern Palestine. While Jesus and the other disciples were resting, He made the decision to betray Jesus and turn him over to the High Priest.
Through inference of scripture and historical facts there are two trains of thought as to why Judas came to the decision to betray Jesus.
Judas was a thief by nature. As part of His mysterious ways, Jesus had earlier appointed Judas to be the treasurer among his group of disciples. Judas was a man who loved money and money is the root of all evil. On the night before, when Jesus was anointed by the woman with the alabaster box of oil, Judas complained that the oil should have been sold with the proceeds going to the box. It was Judas, intent however, to steal the proceeds for his own benefit and he had done many times before with the group’s money, see John 12:6.
Secondly, Judas had become disillusioned and disappointed with the way Jesus ministry and purpose was headed. Judas saw Jesus as the one who one overthrow Rome and established a new Kingdom for the world. As such, Judas envisioned great personal gain for himself through political power via his association the new King of the world, Jesus of Nazareth. When it became clear, that Jesus Kingdom would not be part of this world, Judas became spiteful and revengeful.
So while Jesus and his disciples are resting, Judas slips away from Bethany and makes a deal with the chief priests by asking them what they will give him to deliver Jesus unto them. They agree that for 30 pieces of silver, Judas would, when the time is right, notify them of Jesus location, so Jesus could be arrested by the Temple guards. Judas returns to Bethany to rest with Jesus and the rest of the disciples. This will be their last night together of restful peace, and Thursday will be their last supper together.