[quote=AndyF]Rather, could there NOT be a Judas, any Judas.?
Scripture had to be fulfilled. John the Baptist declared the mission of Jesus when he said: “Behold the Lamb of God”.
Why Judas? Because Judas had free will. It was Judas who made the choice to be a follower of Jesus. He was not willed into the role. We can only speculate about his ulterior motives, but we can say with certainty that he did believe that Jesus is the Christ.
Of lesser importance than the question of motive is the importance of fullfilment of OT scripture.
That is why there is a question of motive involved. They were expecting a man from the house of David to lead them into battle. Imagine then what happens when he realises that “It aint gonna happen”.
Are you saying he entered his ministry with ill intent? I don’t recall evidence to this.
I do not recall mentioning any ill intent. Are you putting words into my mouth? He knew and understood the Messianic prophecies. However, like all Jews he misunderstood the true role of the Messiah. Judas chose to be a disciple and follow Jesus, and then it was Jesus who placed Judas in the inner circle of the twelve.
The other Apostles thought in the same way, and there are many times where it is mentioned that Jesus told them that they do not understand. There was no malevolence involved initially.
We know too little about him to draw conclusions about his nature.
I think eventually he made the wrong assumptions about Jesus as you correctly state.
The sin of Judas was the acting upon the decision to betray his Master to the Sanhedrin.
The betrayal was deliberate and he did it for thirty pieces of silver.
Judas was at war reflected in the zealots and turmoil of that time. .
Judas reflected the attitude of the zealots as well as that of the Pharisees, the Sadducees, Scribes and others who wanted to see the Romans leave Jerusalem. There was no love lost between the Romans and the Jews.
One of the major themes behind the betrayal of Jesus is that of selfishness and the desire for power. We do not know at what stage Judas had decided to join in the plot to kill Jesus, but Scripture says:
“Then Satan entered into Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the Twelve. He went to the chief priests and the officers of the guard to discuss a scheme for handing Jesus over to them. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He accepted, and looked for an opportunity to betray him to them without the people knowing.” (Luke 22:3-6; cf Mark 14: 10-11; cf Matt 26: 17-19)
If God had complete contempt of someone who would do an awful deed, state in scripture he was doomed, not mention there was room for his repentance, I think it quite reasonable there would be a probability he would see it has hopeless.
I am not sure that I can agree that Judas was doomed and that there was never any hope for him. For Scripture always shows that God is always calling the sinner to repentance. The Prodigal Son had the inheritance and wasted what he had. Judas had an inheritance because he was one of the Twelve and he had been personally taught by the Master. Yet, Judas wasted his inheritance. When Judas finally realized that he had made a mistake, he did not call on the Father and repent, but in his mental condition, because of his acceptance of the temptations of Satan, he was not able to see that the Father would have forgiven him.
In summary, we are commenting on the deeds of an individual who’s part of a cast of an event that had to play out. Everyone is holding a script.
I see where you are coming from, but I do not think that you give the answer of why Judas? Are they all just bit players? Perhaps. However, what made them bit players? Only Jesus knew the hearts of these men involved in the plot to kill him as well as those who individually played their parts. From the beginning Jesus knew the heart of Judas. He tried to warn him, and the Gospels indicate at various points where Jesus actually hinted or mentioned that he would be betrayed. Yet Judas did not heed the warning. Why?
Because, from the beginning Judas failed to give up his sinful ways. Each time he committed sin his mind and conscience became clouded until he could no longer connect to the fact that Jesus really was the Son of God. His mind was clouded because he had a different image of Messiah than the reality of the prophecies.