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Could Judas have repented? Find out why did Judas betray Jesus with a kiss

Judas could not be forgiven because of the supreme sin he committed. He betrayed the Son of God. In this order, Judas could not have repented. He also committed the most unforgivable sin, suicide. Judas Iscariot, the cunning and deceitful disciple, is mentioned from the Old Testament writings, along with all the other prophecies referring to the Messiah. 

Among the prophetic references to Judas, however, there are some written with harsh words. As we see, Judas was cursed for what he did, blinded by the devil. But let us not understand that these references, mentioned above, real curses, encourage us to curse our enemies and wish them evil.

Judas Iscariot the Apostle

Judas was one of the 12 apostles of the Saviour. The one who sold Jesus to the high priests for 30 pieces of silver. Before Jesus’ death, Judas regretted his actions and went to return the money to the high priests. But it was too late. (I don’t know if you are interested in any other apostles, but I’ll redirect you through this link to an article I wrote about The Apostles of Christ).

The pages of Holy Scripture portray Judas Iscariot as a villain. The man who held the money bag for the group of disciples of the Saviour, Judas ended up selling Jesus to the high priests, dissatisfied with the new teaching that the Messiah was bringing. Reading the following lines you will understand if Judas could have repented for real. 

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On the evening he sold Jesus, Judas sat at a table with the 12 apostles and the Saviour, and the moment he was discovered as a traitor, he took his coat and went to the high priests to carry out his plan. After selling Jesus for the 30 pieces of silver, Judas regretted the act and went to return the money. But it was too late and Judas ended up hanging himself.

Judas betrayed Christ

The Iscaouritean was duplicitous and does not confess to the other apostles his hidden intentions: to betray and sell Christ. And his treacherous conduct is suspected to be long-standing. The act of selling was not a momentary decision, but the result of a constant attitude. Which determined his choices in this matter. He hastens to sell it, does not waver, does not hesitate. But in the end, could Judas have repented?

Judas no longer had clear reason; argyrophilic had taken over his soul, enslaved him and made him not think normally. This does not mean that his action is excusable; on the contrary. His “madness” is not only unworthy and “foolish”, but it is also very old. Now only becoming clearer: Judas was the seller for the love of money.

Judas’ gesture incriminates him even more because it comes after the moment of communion. With the Body and Blood of the One whom he is going to sell. Likewise, Judas’ gesture followed another moment, also commemorated on Maundy Thursday: the washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus, including Judas, whom he knew would sell him. Moreover, the synod says that Judas was the first to have his feet washed by Jesus, to encourage him to repent. The two elements that make Judas’ selling of Jesus all the more serious.

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Judas Tadeus

The Apostle Judas of Tadeus is the relative of the Lord. He is different from Judas Iscariot, who sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver and showed him to the guards by kissing him on the cheek. By his deed, Iscariot lost his place among the apostles and ended up hanging from a tree in remorse. His namesake, St Jude, the Lord’s kinsman, had a different story. The Christian teachings show that St Jude was one of the twelve Holy Apostles of Christ, descending from the tribe of David and Solomon.

It is shown that Judas from the beginning erred in ignorance towards Christ, in unbelief and unbelief. He also erred in not loving his brother, as is written about in the Life of James, the brother of the Lord, because Joseph – after his return from Egypt. Having divided his land to his natural sons, whom he had with his first wife, wanted to share it with our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who was born without blemish, above nature, of the Blessed Virgin. Being at that time still a little child, and the rest of Joseph’s sons. Including this Judas, did not want to receive him as their inheritance. As one who was not born of the same mother.

Why did Judas betray Jesus with a kiss?

Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss to be identified with the necessary mark because it was night. And because many of the priestly guards probably did not know Jesus. It was considered impolite for a disciple to kiss his teacher, the gesture being more the reverse.

The Synoptic Gospels present the capture of the Saviour. As depending on Judas identified Him with a kiss, because of the guards sent by the chief priests. And elders could not have recognized Him otherwise. Could Judas have repented in the end?

 John Chrysostom, asks rhetorically, “Why did Judas say he would give them a sign?”. In John’s Gospel, the guards do not know Him either. But there is no need for Judas to identify him either, the idea of the kiss is missing. Christ introduces himself, asking them whom they are looking for, and to their reply that they are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, the Saviour answers them with the words, “It is I”. In other words, John insists that Christ Himself steps into the sufferings, taking them on completely. This gesture discourages the ministers of the archbishops, who “turned back and fell to the ground”. It takes Christ to repeat the question and present Himself once again for them to come to their senses. The episode even appears ironic: the catchers themselves are upset, while Christ remains in control.

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Jesus told Judas to do it quickly

After Judas had eaten the Bread of Life at the Last Supper, Satan possessed him. After this, Jesus told him “My beloved friend, what you planned and wanted to do. Do quickly.” Jesus refers to selling and betraying Him, because of his love for money and silver.

Usually on Easter Week on Good Wednesday is the day Judas Iscariot sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver to the Pharisees and scribes who wanted to kill him. Judas’ gesture later led to Wednesday being declared a fast day and, along with Friday (the day Jesus was crucified), one of the two days of the week on which Christians fast throughout the year.

The evening brings Judas, the treacherous apostle, to the fore, but it also commemorates the sinful woman who, wishing to be forgiven her sins, washed the Saviour’s feet with tears and anointed them with myrrh before His Passion as a symbol of repentance and forgiveness.

By shedding His blood on the cross, the Saviour abolished the bloody sacrifices of the Old Testament. The New Testament is a Testament to spiritual sacrifices, mercy, love and forgiveness.

Did Judas hang himself?

Yes, Judas committed suicide. But could Judas have repented? After selling Jesus for the 30 pieces of silver, Judas regretted the act and went to return the money. But it was too late and Judas ended up hanging himself in a tree. 

Sadly, it seems that the only thing Judas got out of selling Jesus was the decision to hang himself. At some point, overcome with remorse, he went to those who had paid him the money for the betrayal and gave them the money back. When they rejected him and told him they didn’t care about his feelings and regrets, he threw the money to them in the Temple and went to hang himself. With the money Judas returned, the high priests bought a plot of land that became a cemetery for the headless ones. 

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Biography of Judas

Full name:Judas Iscariot
Date of birth:1st of April
Death day:c. ad 30/33
The thread of life:Between 30 to 40
Place of birthJerusalem, Israel
Mother's name:Cyborea Iscariot
Father's name:Simon Iscariot
Children:0
Physical appearance:Bible doesn't mention it.
Nationality:Israeli, Sabra
Summary of life:Jesus called him to be one of His follower. Judas lived his life as an apostle of Jesus until a sad moment when Satan posessed. He betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver.
Life lessons:He betrayed Christ and then regret it. He wanted to repair the mistake, but it was impossible. We have to understand that sometimes mistakes can not be repaired. Especially when we are warned about the mistake or sin we are about to do.
Life accomplishments:He was one of the 12 apostles.
Death cause:Suicide

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Have a good day! I hope you understand the idea on how Judas could have repented.