Now obviously he is not a disciple that we want to model our lives after, but I believe that we can learn a few things from his story.
Before we get to verses 70-71 let's back up a bit and see where Judas was coming from...
In John 6: 15 it says that the people wanted to make Jesus King, but He didn't allow it to happen and to Judas this was political stupidity, in his mind Jesus made a horrible decision and not only missed his chance to be King, but it also caused Judas to miss his chance to be part of the King's close inner circle.
This was not what Judas had planned and this is when he began to be disappointed in Jesus. This is a crossroads for Judas, was he going to trust Jesus or become bitter and angry?
We often have these crossroads in our own lives, when things are hard or don’t work out the way we think they should or God doesn’t answer our prayers in the manner we see fit. It is at these times that we have choice; a choice to trust God, submit to His will and be thankful that He is using this hard thing to make us more like Him, or we can get frustrated, ungrateful and let bitterness creep into our lives.
We can choose to either be like Judas or like Jesus because we will see later on in the book of John, Jesus petitioning God the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane for another way, a way besides dying on the cross. Then we see Him act in obedience to His Father even if it is the hard road.
Because not only did Jesus love each one of us, but Jesus trusted His heavenly Father.
Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray Him, because it is prophesied in Psalm 41:9…
Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread,
Has lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41:9
We know this is true because Jesus refers to it in John 13…
18 “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.
And yet in Matthew 26:50 Jesus calls Judas His friend even as Judas was in the very act of betraying Him.
47 And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” 49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.
50 But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?”
He isn’t frustrated or annoyed or holding a grudge… He calls us friend.
Let’s remember this verse…
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.- Romans 8:37-39
From the story of Judas we see that God always has a plan, a plan that we can trust and have faith in, He truly works all things together for good for those who love Him. Through the betrayal of Judas the greatest act of love is accomplished, Jesus dying on the cross for all of our sins, making a way for us to have a relationship with God and making it possible for us to call Him, the creator of the universe our friend.