The Field of Blood
Why did he do it? Have you ever wondered? Judas Iscariot, the follower of Jesus, the disciple. Why did he sell out?
Here’s what we know about this man, Judas.
He was an insider. He was one of the original twelve disciples, and the other disciples trusted him and allowed him to function as the treasurer for their group.
He was greedy. Even though they trusted him, Judas was stealing from their money all along. Judas planned ahead to betray Jesus and he was specifically interested in earning a profit from the betrayal, thirty pieces of silver.
His remorse was too late. We know that afterward Judas was so overcome by remorse that he killed himself. And we know that the thirty pieces of silver went to buy a plot of land, a place that came to be known as the “Field of Blood.”
The life of Judas is the greatest of tragedies, with an ending so dark and bitter we rarely linger there. It’s a glimpse of evil unmasked, laid bare for all to see. Here we find a man trading friendship for money, repaying evil for good. Here we find a man so overcome by remorse that he allowed all hope to die. And it’s here in the ugly place of sin, in utter rejection of God, that we discover the greatest loss…the loss of future glory.
In Acts 1:15-20, we find Peter reflecting on the Psalms, acknowledging that God had predicted these things would happen. And in these verses we find a reminder of what Judas gave up. He was an apostle, a messenger of the greatest hope the world has ever known. He should have been an eyewitness, telling everyone about the ministry and resurrection of Jesus. But instead, Judas turned aside from being an apostle and went to his own place, the Field of Blood. He would never be an exalted saint. He would always be the betrayer.
Rejecting Jesus cost him everything. It’s a decision that’s just as costly today.
For further study, read Psalms 69:20-28; 109:4-8; Matthew 26:14-16; 27:3-5; Luke 22:3-6; John 12:4-6; 13:2.