Lately the so-called "Gospel of Judas" has made headlines because it presents an alternative picture of Judas that transforms him from a traitor into a hero. Instead of betraying Christ, he turns him in because Jesus supposedly asks him to. If that sounds like so much "jailhouse lawyering," that's exactly what it is. It's an attempt by a Gnostic sect to rewrite the story of the Bible and rehabilitate disgraced biblical figures. The "Gospel of Judas" adds no genuine information to the story of what happened that night when Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples.
Having said that, the question remains. Why did Judas sell out Jesus? What were his motives? How does his betrayal fit into God's plan to bring salvation to the world? Bible students have pondered those questions for two thousand years. When all is said and done, he remains a mystery inside a riddle. No one knows exactly why he sold out his master for thirty pieces of silver. He betrayed the Son of God for reasons that remain obscure. But this much is clear. He is no hero. Here are three sermons on Judas that examine the biblical evidence: