10Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. 12On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal. 17When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?” 20He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. 21For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” (Mark 14:10-21, NRSV)
Judas went to the chief priests to “betray” Jesus.
Betray is a word that is interesting to me. We can only betray someone if we have power over them, and did Judas have power over Jesus?
Do any of us have power over God?
While Jesus may not have had all the answers, i.e. when the end of the world would come, Jesus said only the Father knows this, he was not under the power of Judas. Jesus knew what was going on and who was going to “betray” him.
I looked up the Greek word here, and it is the word παραδοῖ the third person singular aorist active subjunctive version of παραδίδωμι which means hand over, deliver over.
So Judas made plans to hand Jesus over, which was really all part of the plan.
How do we do what God wants even when we may not understand it?