What Happened to Judas in the Bible?

March 29, 2024

The gospels don't give us many details about Judas' interactions with Jesus. This is not because he didn't have any, but rather that the writers of the gospels (especially those who wrote Mark and Luke) were likely focused on retelling major events that multiple Gospels mention, such as the Transfiguration and Jesus' death and resurrection. Besides, remembering every single moment that one of the disciples did or didn't spend with Jesus probably wouldn't have been very practical or even feasible.

What we do know about Judas is that he ended up betraying Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, as described in Matthew and Luke. According to the Gospel of John, he did so under Satan's influence. The other gospels suggest that he was simply a greedy man, though the Gospel of Mark identifies him as a thief as well.

Once Judas had betrayed Jesus, he returned the money to the chief priests and then hanged himself. The account of his death in Acts is similar to the earlier accounts, but includes a more macabre detail: "He bought a field with the reward he received for his wickedness; and falling headlong, it burst open and all his bowels spilled out."

No record exists that Judas repented of his betrayal, but we can assume he felt some degree of regret. This is the reality of everyone who dies in sin; they will ultimately come to regret the choices they made, even if they didn't realize it at the time.


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