Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, 7 went to the chief priests 8 and said, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.
In this passage, Judas the disciple becomes the betrayer. He lets greed and lack of faith guide his decision to sell out his teacher to the Jewish authorities for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus tells his disciples that one of them will betray Him. And all of them ask, "Surely not I, Lord?" All of them ask that except for one. Judas says, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" The gospel writer is showing us that Judas doesn't believe Jesus is the Son of God(Binz, People of the Passion). I guess that makes it easier for him to sell Jesus out.
To tell you the truth, Judas is a hard nut for me to crack. Judas is one of the twelve. He followed Jesus through out his ministry. Even if he was struggling with Jesus' true identity, you would think that he at least liked Jesus- that he considered Jesus a friend. So, I don't get why he did what he did. Especially since Jesus made his feelings for all His disciples very clear- that he loved them deeply. I wonder why Judas did it? I have a hard time accepting that money was the reason.
Imagine how Jesus felt when he knew that his disciple whom he loved was going to do such a terrible thing. Something tells me that in that moment, Jesus' suffering began. Jesus knew that he was going to die at the hands of his enemies. It must have hurt to discover that one of those enemies was a man in his inner circle. What is amazing to me is that Jesus laid down His life for the salvation of all souls. He doesn't discriminate between who likes him and who doesn't. He loves everyone. Even Judas. He even died for Judas. Maybe the lesson here is that we can turn our backs on Jesus, but he won't turn our backs on us. His love is as constant and available as the sky is blue. All we have to do is love Him back.