Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Luke gives us a few details that the other
gospels do not. We are told that not only had Satan
prompted Judas to do this, Satan entered him. This does
not in any way let Judas off the hook though because it is clear
from the gospels that Judas was motivated by greed and personal
gain in following Jesus. Likewise, he had to be open to
Satanic possession in order for it to happen.
Luke also gives us a key as to why Judas was
needed for this process. The chief priests could have
arrested Jesus at any time because He often appeared in public.
But they feared the reaction of the people and sought to catch
Jesus alone without witnesses. This is why the needed
Judas' help in trapping Jesus.
Judas has gotten out of Jesus what he can and
now it is apparent that Jesus will not get him what he wants.
So he decides to betray Jesus in return for as much as he can
receive. The money that is offered isn't a huge amount,
especially considering how desperately the chief priests wanted
to get rid of Jesus. It is a testament to how little Jesus
meant to Judas by this time that he is willing to betray Him for
any amount of money that is offered.
According to the law of Moses 30 pieces of
silver is the amount to be paid in restitution if a person
accidentally kills another man's slave. Jesus was betrayed
not for a king's ransom but for the price of a slave.