John 6:70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
This verse came up in Sunday School yesterday.
The next verse reveals He was speaking about Judas Iscariot.
The word translated devil is also translated as a slanderer or false accuser.
That’s a description that could fit some of the other disciples.
So the question many have asked is, “Why did Jesus choose Judas Iscariot?”
Judas was no different than the others since all of them were sinners.
Peter would deny Jesus three times, even cursing while doing it.
Thomas would doubt the word of the others.
A couple of them would dispute over heavenly seating arrangements.
And every one of them deserted Jesus after His arrest.
That arrest that led to the crucifixion was at the hands of Judas, who led the Temple guard to Jesus.
But the crucifixion was predicted by the prophets and Jesus Himself.
Although Judas was chosen just like the others, I believe he had the same opportunity to repent just like the others.
He chose suicide instead.
Why did he do it?
For the money?
To force Jesus to miraculously judge and rid Israel of Roman occupation?
Whatever reason, it was a selfish one, so don’t make the same mistake.