Matthew 26:50

Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came forward, seized Jesus, and held him fast.

(Revised English Bible)

In all of the Gospels, Judas is the only person Jesus calls friend. And this exchange is only in Matthew.

Jesus goes on:

26:53 Do you suppose that I cannot appeal for help to my Father, and at once be sent more than twelve legions of angels? 26:54 But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say that this must happen?

(Revised English Bible)

Matthew’s treatment of Judas is my favourite by far.

1 Comment

  1. […] On the other hand, Matthew has the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12, see also Matt. 11:6), and the most tender and forgiving treatment of Judas (e.g., Matt. 26:50). […]

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