Poem: Why Did Judas Betray Jesus?
Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus' chosen twelve;
A special group, united to learn and proclaim the Good News.
But Judas turned out to be different from the rest.
Why did he betray Jesus to be killed and abused?
He never seemed to truly respect and love Jesus.
He only called him teacher or rabbi, never Lord or master.
Did he ever accept Jesus as the Messiah?
Was Judas predestined for disaster?
He complained when Mary annointed Jesus with expensive nard perfume.
Raising money for the poor was never his concern.
He liked to steal from the group's money bag;
A preview betrayal of their trust, they did learn.
We know he had a great desire to have plenty of money,
The love of which is truly the root of all evil.
When he went to the Jewish leaders, his greed was clear.
Only to gold and silver was he a believer.
No one can serve two masters, either money or God.
One or the other, a person must choose.
We must not be greedy, for God can fulfill all our needs.
Make the wrong choice, and eternal life we will lose.
Judas made his big mistake when he led the chief priests to Jesus,
Who was like a lamb, destined to die.
With an insincere kiss, Judas ratted him out;
Judas' evil plan accomplished, so treacherous and sly.
When Judas finally realized the great wrong he had caused,
He had remorse, too late, for the damage was done.
Throwing back the silver coins, the price for the one he betrayed,
He hung himself, and the battle Satan believed he had won.
But all this was foretold by the prophets of old.
It was all a part of God's plan.
Jesus died, but soon after came back to life,
Defeating Satan, and giving eternal life to every believing woman and man.
Richard Cerruti -- September 1, 2018