14Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:14-16, NRSV)
So what made Judas go to the chief priests? In John’s gospel, it says the devil entered him, but Matthew doesn’t say anything. The story before this passage is the woman anointing Jesus’ head. So why would Judas want to betray Jesus?
And remember the word here for betray is παραδίδωμι which means hand over. Maybe Judas thought that Jesus would call down an army of angels to stop anything from happening and bring about the Messiah they were all waiting for, the victorious military leader.
Maybe he had had enough of what was going on and wanted out but didn’t want to go home.
Why do you think Judas handed Jesus over?