Misunderstanding, Unmet Expectations, Betrayal

“Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them.  And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.” Mark 14:10-11

Expectations can be tricky things. If your expectations are reasonable and realistic they can serve to help you and others work together to accomplish more than you might have otherwise been able to accomplish. However, if your expectations are unreasonable and unrealistic they can be the root cause of great stress and dissatisfaction.

In our focus text, Judas goes to the Chief Priests and sets in place plans to betray Jesus. Whenever there’s a betrayal a natural and reasonable question that demands to be answered is, “Why?” I suggest to you that the root cause of Judas’ dissatisfaction was unmet expectations.

Judah expected that Jesus, as the Messiah, would have claimed the throne of David and begun driving out the Romans by now. Judah expected that, because of his education and cultural standing he would have been treated with greater honor and respect by Jesus and the other disciples than he was. Judas had not expected to be wandering about Galilee mixing with the poorest classes of people, and living hand to mouth while engaging in acts of charity for the past three years. And Judas had not expected to have been publicly rebuked by Jesus when he had publicly humiliated Mary Magdalene after she anointed Jesus with her perfume.

Judas’ experience with Jesus wasn’t living up to expectations and Judas decided that he would do something about it. Perhaps his thought was to somehow punish Jesus for not doing what he thought he out to have done. Perhaps his desire was to somehow manipulate Jesus into revealing his status and power and then to start behaving like Judas thought the Son of God ought to be behaving.

Whatever the motivation, Judas did what he did because he didn’t really know and understand Jesus. And this lack of understanding resulted in faulty expectations which led to dissatisfaction which led to betrayal. Not knowing and understanding Jesus pits us in danger of betraying Jesus just like Judas did.

Do you know and understand Jesus? Do you want to know him? Only a relationship with him and a humble acceptance of the instruction of scripture can give you that understanding.

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