Hi sisters and brothers,
I comment about Acts 1:15-20, and Judas Iscariot.
Acts is the fifth book of the New Testament, after the four Gospels. Acts tells things that apostles of Jesus Christ did after Jesus was executed. Acts 1 means Chapter 1 of Acts.
Acts 1:15-20 is the paragraph Peter told about Judas.
Peter – Saint Peter – was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He was also the “Apostle of the Apostles”.
“Judas” that Peter told here was Judas Iscariot – one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Judas betrayed Jesus.
Judas betrayed Jesus in exchange for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15). Judas betrayed Jesus to the chief priests. Judas betrayed Jesus by kissing Jesus. The kiss was a sign to police to arrest Jesus. The event happened in the Garden of Gethsemane after the Last Supper. (Matthew 26:47–50; Mark 14:43–45; Luke 22:47-53)
After knowing Jesus died, Judas tried to return the money to the chief priests. Then Judas committed suicide by hanging. The priests used the money to buy a field to bury strangers in. The field was called the “Field of Blood” because it had been bought with blood money. (Matthew 27:1–10)
15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters,[d] the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:
“‘May his place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in it,’[e]
“‘May another take his place of leadership.’[f]
I comment about Acts 1:15-20 and about Judas.
I feel Judas was unfortunate.
Jesus chose Judas as his disciple. This means Jesus had his reason, and Judas met Jesus’s standards to become his disciple.
Jesus only had 12 disciples. So Judas – the chosen person – was not a normal one.
Jesus knew Judas would betray him, so in the final meal, Jesus taught his disciples: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). Jesus wanted his disciples to love Judas notwithstanding what Judas did.
Also, Jesus died to save the world’s sins, including Judas’s sin. So Judas had no sin.
Also, when Jesus was alive and was being crucified, in Jesus’s thinking, Judas was not a sinner. Because Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
Oh Judas! You are cursed throughout over 2.000 years and maybe will be cursed forever. Poor you!
Love you, sisters and brothers.