While each Gospel reports that Jesus had twelve disciples, we only know a few of the things they said. In Matthew we hear the voice of Judas four times, in 26:15; 26:25; 26:49; 27:4.
- “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” (26:15)
- “Is it I, Rabbi?” (26:25)
- “Greetings, Rabbi!” (26:49)
- “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood” (27:4)
Let’s observe some features of these lines from the mouth of Judas.
- The first two lines are questions, and the last two lines are statements.
- The middle two lines both use the title “Rabbi.”
- The middle two lines are both directed at Jesus.
- The first and last lines are both directed at the chief priests.
- Each line is associated in some way with Jesus’ betrayal.
- The first line results in Judas receiving thirty pieces of silver, while the last line results in Judas giving back the money.
Notice anything else?