In Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19 and Luke 6:14-16 we can read the names of Jesus’ twelve apostles (special followers). In each list, Judas is the last apostle to be mentioned. Probably the writers did this to show that Judas was the one who betrayed (gave to the enemy) Jesus. But Jesus chose Judas to be one of His special followers. Maybe Judas was a good man at one time.
Jesus and His apostles had a money box. John 12:6 tells us that Judas was the person who took care of this box for the apostles. This verse also tells us that sometimes Judas stole money from the box.
Later Judas found something that he loved more than Jesus – money. Judas volunteered to help the Jewish leaders arrest Jesus. They told Judas that they would give him 30 pieces of silver. Then the Jews decided to kill Jesus. Judas was sorry for what he had done. He gave the money back to the priests. Then he left the temple and killed himself.
When Jesus died on the cross, He died for all sinners. Jesus died for people just like Judas. He died for you, too. Thank God today for His wonderful gift of salvation through Jesus.