Our attention is drawn today to the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. We know that Judas colluded with the leading officials of the temple in order to “betray” Jesus to them. Luke 22:4 tells us, “And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.” Scripture never tells us why Judas did this. Perhaps he was disappointed in Jesus, whom he had expected to usher in the victorious kingdom of God through a glorious victory over Rome. Some scholars wonder if Judas was actually trying to force Jesus’s hand, believing that Jesus would defend himself against those who sought to arrest him and begin acting as the powerful messiah Judas expected. Others believe that Judas betrayed Jesus because of fear. It seemed to the disciple that Jesus was leading, not just himself, but also his followers and even the nation into a fatal encounter with Rome.